Wed, Mar 10, 2010
Aircraft Customized For Law Enforcement Role
The Devon & Cornwall Police took delivery of a new EC145
helicopter last Friday. The helo, ordered in September 2007,
replaces another Eurocopter helicopter, a BK117 which has seen
service for over 12 years. The Devon and Cornwall Police have
operated helicopters in support of police activities for more than
The Devon & Cornwall Constabulary says the introduction of
this new EC145 into service represents a major development for the
department. It is capable of 2 crew operation, a pilot and an
observer, the latter of which can operate either out of the cockpit
or in the cabin of the helicopter.
The helo was customized at Eurocopter UK in Oxford to meet the
needs of the modern police service. Among the special equipment
installed is a state-of-the-art IR camera, video viewing
and recording equipment, and night vision goggles.
Eurocopter claims 75% of the UK police helicopter fleet in
service and are in wide use across Europe. The EC145 is used to
perform police and homeland security missions, and is also operated
by the Metropolitan Police. It is also being delivered to the U.S.
Army as its new-generation Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).
Markus Steinke, Managing Director of Eurocopter UK, stated,
“It is a pleasure to see the UK police force community moving
forward and shaping the future. Our products and services which
have become the backbone of the UK air support for many decades
will be ready to accompany the evolutions of our customers’
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