Netherlands Police Agency orders six Eurocopter EC135 Helicopters
The Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands signed a contract on 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. Eurocopter is proud to be adding the KLPD to its list of prestigious EC135 law enforcement customers.
The new EC135 police helicopters for the Dutch police are equipped with two Pratt &Whitney Canada PW206B2 engines, delivering 609 kW of power each. It has a maximum take-off weight of 2,910 kg and seating capacity for 1 pilot +6/7 crew or 2 pilots +5/6 crew. With night-vision goggle compatible cockpits, the EC135 is capable of night-flight operations and is certified for single Pilot IFR flight. For the KLPDâ€™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 â€œpicture in pictureâ€ system.
The EC135 â€“ first choice for police and law enforcement missions
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, 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.