Airbus Helicopters has handed over an H145 to the helicopter squadron of the Saxony-Anhalt state police. The aircraft will be used for the entire spectrum of police tasks. Following in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia’s footsteps, Saxony-Anhalt is the third federal state in Germany to have purchased the helicopter.
The helicopter’s equipment includes a thermal imaging camera, an operator workstation with a connection to the police computer network, an image and data transfer system, a searchlight, a rappelling / fast roping system and a sling system with a double hook capable of loads up to a tonne.
The Saxony-Anhalt police helicopter squadron has flown helicopters from Airbus for 25 years. It currently owns a BO105 and two BK117. The new H145 will replace the BO105, and the two BK117 are planned to be replaced by an additional H145 in the future.
The helicopter was handed over as part of the 25-year anniversary celebrations of the Saxony-Anhalt police helicopter squadron attended by Holger Stahlknecht, Minister of the Interior and Sports Facilities, and Rigo Klapa, Director of the Saxony-Anhalt state police.
The H145 has new Arriel-2E engines, a shrouded Fenestron tail rotor system developed internally, powerful main and tail rotors, as well as the innovative digital Helionix avionics suite with four-axis autopilot.
Having supplied almost 50 percent of police helicopters over the last ten years, Airbus Helicopters is by far the global market leader in the law enforcement segment. Europe and North America represent the company’s key markets in this segment, with an accumulated share of 30 percent. In Western Europe, the H135 and H145 are the most popular models for police missions, making up around 50 percent of the twin-engine category in this segment.