Guangzhou Police and Airbus helicopters signed an agreement today for an order of one H145 light helicopter for law enforcement duties, to be delivered at the end of 2016.
“Helicopters are a great resource for law enforcement agencies, as they can effectively help ground forces to accomplish a multitude of operations including air patrol, transportation of police force, firefighting, disaster relief and rescue, traffic dispersion and air command,” said by Xie Xiaodan, Vice Mayor and General Director of Guangzhou Police. “I am confident that the H145 can help to improve our efficiency and capability to serve the people of Guangzhou.”
Guangzhou Police’s H145 will be equipped with a powerful searchlight, external hoist, rappelling ropes, tactical radio, cargo sling, Bambi Bucket and stretcher.
“We are honored that the Guangzhou Police has selected the H145 as their first helicopter, which incidentally will be the first of this type to enter the Chinese market,” said Norbert Ducrot, President of Airbus Helicopters China. “The arrival of the H145 in China will be the opportunity to demonstrate how this technologically advanced helicopter is perfectly designed for the most demanding missions of Chinese police forces in the country.”
The H145 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ 4-ton-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range – with designed-in mission capability and flexibility. The H145 is always ‘ready for duty’, capable of being equipped with a modern mission management system for a variety of police operations.
The helicopter can rapidly transport eight to 10 officers to the scene. It is likewise ideal for the transport of special police forces. Primary roles include patrol, surveillance, and rescue missions supported by the roomy, flexible cabin, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) definition and daylight cameras that are controlled by an operator who also handles communications and data exchange with ground-based police resources.
Some 1000 H145s are in service today, logging a combined total of more than four million flight hours performing multiple missions worldwide, especially for public services and air ambulance services.