Latest helicopter technology for air support

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is to take delivery of the latest Eurocopter EC145 for use in a police air support role. It is expected to be in service by the end of 2009.

Jan 17, 2008
By Paul Jacques

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is to take delivery of the latest Eurocopter EC145 for use in a police air support role. It is expected to be in service by the end of 2009.

The Devon and Cornwall Constabulary currently operates a Eurocopter BK117, having previously used the company’s Bo105S and an AS350B Squirrel. Following the Metropolitan Police, it is the second UK police force to select the EC145.

The EC145 is Eurocopter’s latest entry into the light, twin-engined helicopter market, boasting a combination of proven and new technologies. This modern platform is designed with total multi-mission capability in mind. Powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 engines, the EC145 is capable of carrying one or two pilots and eight or nine passengers.

With a cruise speed of 135 knots, an advanced night vision goggle compatible glass cockpit, digital autopilot for both single or dual pilot applications and an endurance of up to 3.5 hours, the EC145’s performance makes it ideal for police and homeland security missions.

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