NSW Police Force launches new Eurocopter EC135P2+

NSW Police Force launches new Eurocopter EC135P2+

5-Jun-2011 Source: NSW Police

NSW Police Force Commissioner, Andrew Scipione APM, has welcomed the latest addition to the Aviation Support Branch, PolAir 4.

PolAir 4 is the Force’s newest helicopter, a twin-engine Eurocopter EC135 P2+, will replace the current single-engine model.

The aircraft features newly-designed rotor technology, including a fenestron shrouded tail-rotor, which is significantly quieter than previous models.

It also allows for increased cruise speed of around 220km/h, which will improve response times to Wollongong, Central Coast and Newcastle which are now routinely patrolled by PolAir aircraft.

The new cockpit configuration will provide those on board with a greater field of vision during search and rescue operations, both day and night using night vision goggles.

It will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology mainly to improve safety for low-level operations and rugged terrain, with engines so powerful the helicopter can fly on just one.

An auto pilot allows for accurate navigation to regional and remote locations to assist with offender and missing person searches.

The helicopter will also be fitted with the FLIR HD camera, Nitesun, a two-person winch and essential equipment for operational policing.

“I’m proud to see that the commissioning of PolAir 4 will put the NSWPF at the forefront of law enforcement aviation capacity,” Mr Scipione said.

“This is an exciting day for New South Wales. This helicopter has advanced capabilities, which will greatly assist day-to-day police operations.

“Access to technological advancements, such as PolAir 4 and its equipment, ensures we are able to meet the needs of people across New South Wales,” Mr Scipione said.

Only a handful of this model of helicopter is in use across the country. Specialised pilot training was conducted at the Eurocopter factory in Germany.

The helicopter is expected to be fully operational in the next few months after final training and certification of crew, equipment and aircraft are completed.

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