Netherlands Police Agency orders six Eurocopter EC135 Helicopters
Marignane, 29 November 2007
The Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands signed a contract on November 28 for six Eurocopter EC135 P2i light twin-engine helicopters for the Dutch Police, KLPD (Korps landelijke politiediensten). The aircraft are to be delivered between mid-2009 and the end of 2009 and will replace the BO105s presently in service with KLPD. Eurocopter is proud to be adding the KLPD to its list of prestigious EC135 law enforcement customers.
The new EC135 police helicopters for the Dutch police are equipped with two Pratt &Whitney Canada PW206B2 engines, delivering 609 kW of power each. It has a maximum take-off weight of 2,910 kg and seating capacity for 1 pilot +6/7 crew or 2 pilots +5/6 crew. With night-vision goggle compatible cockpits, the EC135 is capable of night-flight operations and is certified for single Pilot IFR flight. For the KLPD’s specific missions, the helicopters will be fitted with FLIR (forward-looking infrared) camera, a video downlink system and a 20-inch operator screen with “picture in picture” system.
The EC135 – first choice for police and law enforcement missions With a global market share of 80 percent, the EC135 has not only established itself internationally as the leading new-generation light twin-engine helicopter in the air rescue sector, but has also conquered the market for police and law enforcement missions. More than 140 EC135s are currently in police and law enforcement services worldwide, which equates to a market share of 60 percent in this class. In total, more than 600 EC135s have been delivered to customers since its market introduction in 1996.
About Eurocopter Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2006, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.8 billion euros, orders for 615 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civilian/commercial and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 9,800 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest range of commercial and military helicopters in the world.
100 years of vertical flight
The first vertical flight ever made was made by Paul Cornu in 1907. Since then great pioneering spirit, technological advances and innovative ideas have turned the helicopter into an aircraft without which air rescue as we know it would be unimaginable and which makes a significant contribution towards the safety and protection of individuals and to economic development. Eurocopter is proud to join in celebrating this centenary and its own passion for helicopters in 2007.
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