Will Be Equipped With FLIR, And 'Picture In Picture'
Eurocopter tells ANN the Ministry of Interior Affairs and
Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands signed a contract 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.
The new EC135 police helicopters for the Dutch police are
equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B2 engines,
offering a maximum takeoff weight of 6,400 lbs, and seating
capacity for one pilot and 6/7 crew or two pilots and 5/6 crew.
With night-vision goggle compatible cockpits, the EC135 is capable
of night-flight operations and is certified for single pilot IFR
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
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, according to
Eurocopter, 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.