The Bayern Polizei – or the Bavarian Police in English – received the first three upgraded H135s – out of an program to modernize eight choppers, manufacturer Airbus Helicopters announced on 17 June 2015 at the Paris-Le Bourget Air Show (PAS15).
The retrofit program is designed to bring previously-built models of the Eurocopter EC135 twin-engine rotorcraft to the performance and safety standards of Airbus Helicopters’ newest version, the H135, as it is currently showcased at the Paris Airshow.
During the past weeks the upgraded helicopters have been deployed on a variety of missions in the police fleet’s range of tasks. On the occasion of the recent G7 summit in Bavaria, the retrofitted machines proved their advantages in performance and handling. The resulting gain in safety was especially evident during flights at night and in the difficult, mountainous terrain, according to Airbus Helicopters.
The remaining five Bayern Polizei H135s are to be converted and delivered during the upcoming months. The retrofits are being applied at Airbus Helicopters’ production facility in Donauwörth, Germany, which is home to the H135 production line.
Included in the retrofit package is an enlarged main rotor with improved blade profiles, the transfer of front-mounted engine air intakes to a lateral position, augmented engine capacities and an extension of the horizontal stabilizer’s span and removal of its endplates, while the tail skid is replaced with a mini bumper.
Source: Airbus Helicopters
Featured image: The upgraded H135 (EC135) of the Bavarian Police (Image © Bayern Polizei)