24-May-2022 Source: HeliHub.com
Currently test flying with Airbus Helicopters in Germany is this H145 in the colours of the Royal Oman Police (ROP), although the number of aircraft is not yet known. This is the operator’s first Airbus product and could be a foot in the door to other Airbus products in due course. The Omani flag is on the tail, but not fully hidden by the German flag which is worn during test flights.
In 1981, ROP acquired two Bell 222s, and then in 1983/4 added six Bell 214STs. The 222s did not last long and were sold to British operator Air Hanson in 1986, while the 214STs were replaced by six Leonardo AW139s in 2007/8. A further five 139s were added in 2011/2, including at least one dedicated to the VIP role.
In 2005, ROP added two A109Es from Leonardo (then as AgustaWestland), and a third six years later. Given the size of the H145, it is feasible that this type will replace the A109E in Omani service
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com