Twenty EC155 B1 helicopters delivered to German Federal Police
Eurocopter has announced that it has delivered the 19th and 20th EC155 B1 helicopters to the German Federal Police, completing an extensive fleet upgrade programme involving 20 of the multi-role, twin-engine rotary-wing aircraft. The company made the announcement 27 June 2012.
The customer took delivery of the final two aircraft at a ceremony at Blumberg, Brandenburg. The German Federal Police now operate an 87 strong fleet of Eurocopter-supplied helicopters for a wide range of duties, including border patrol, transportation of personnel and special forces, and diverse search-and-rescue missions.
The EC155 is a medium-weight, 5-metric-ton-class helicopter in Eurocopter’s Dauphin family. It is powered by two 935 shp. Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 engines for excellent performance, and features a modular design that facilitates the rotorcraft’s use in a range of diverse missions.
The EC155 can seat 13 passengers and carry up to 2 metric tons of heavy equipment in the cargo configuration. The glass cockpit incorporates digital avionics and a four-axis autopilot, to reduce pilots’ workload.
A ceremony at Blumberg, Brandenburg marked the entry into service of the 19th and 20th EC155 B1s, joining others that are deployed at German Federal Police bases throughout the country for a wide range of duties – including border patrol, transportation of personnel and special forces, along with diverse search-and-rescue missions.
With the two latest aircraft, the German Federal Police now operates a total inventory of 87 helicopters – all of which were supplied by Eurocopter.
This positions the service as Eurocopter’s largest European law enforcement customer, continuing a relationship that covers several decades. It includes the predecessor German Federal Border Guard’s role as the EC155 B1 launch customer – placing the first three production rotorcraft in service during 1999. Since then, Eurocopter has consistently enhanced the EC155 B1’s capabilities, culminating in the maritime version’s deployment for missions involving over-water flights. Today’s acceptance ceremony was attended by Klaus Dieter Fritsche, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior; Matthias Seeger, President of the German Federal Police; and Eurocopter President and CEO Lutz Bertling. “As an industry-leading innovator, Eurocopter works with the most advanced operators – exemplified by the German Federal Police, which has frequently contributed to enhancements incorporated in our helicopter product line,” Bertling said. “Such a two-way dialog has enabled Eurocopter to become no. 1 in the police and public service helicopter marketplace.”
Speaking on behalf of the German Federal Police, Seeger said his service is pleased with the results of its major Eurocopter rotorcraft procurement project. “Thanks to this success, we can be proud of operating a helicopter fleet that is without equal in Europe in terms of advanced equipment, efficiency and size,” he said. The EC155 is a medium-weight, 5-metric-ton-class helicopter in Eurocopter’s Dauphin family. It is powered by two 935 shp. Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 engines for excellent performance, and features a modular design that facilitates the rotorcraft’s use in a range of diverse missions.
In addition to the German Federal Police’s EC155 B1s, the service’s air wing helicopter fleet includes Eurocopter’s EC135 T2i rotorcraft for police work, disaster control, and air rescue operations; the AS332 L1 Super Puma for long-haul transportation, air surveillance missions, interventions by the GSG 9 special operations unit, sea rescue missions, disaster relief in Germany and abroad, and VIP transportation; as well as the EC120, which is used for flight training flights.
Source: By the www.eurocopter.com News - 29 June 2012
Photo: German Federal Police Eurocopter EC155 B1 Helicopter (Photo by Eurocopter / © Copyright Bundespolizei)