Germany’s Landespolizei Nordrhein-Westfalen – or the State Troopers of North Rhine-Westphalia if translated into American English – have choosen a new air ride: six Airbus Helicopters twin-engine EC145 T2 have been ordered. Planned delivery in 2016 and 2017.
As one of the largest of Germany’s 12 state flying police forces, the Landespolizei Nordrhein-Westfalen serves the country’s most populous state, which includes the cities of Cologne (Köln), Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Essen.
The Landespolizei Nordrhein-Westfalen is the second such German customer, joining the Landespolizei Baden Württemberg (Baden Württemberg Police Force), which launched the EC145 T2’s law enforcement version with an order for six helicopters announced a year ago.
The EC145 T2 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 family, incorporating new Arriel 2E engines and the company’s Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, along with upgraded main and tail rotor gearboxes, as well as the innovative new digital avionics suite Helionix with 4-axis autopilot.
In its law enforcement configuration, the EC145 T2 can be equipped with a mission management system for police missions. Its primary role for observation and surveillance is supported by forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and daylight cameras, controlled by an operator who also handles communications and data exchange with ground-based police resources.
The Landespolizei Nordrhein-Westfalen currently has a fleet of EC155s and BK117s, both of which are to be succeeded by the EC145 T2.
Source: Airbus Helicopters