Airbus Helicopters announced that Elbit Systems has ordered six new helicopters that will be placed into service with the Israel Police. The order is for four Airbus Helicopters H125 AStars and two H145s to support Elbit’s contract to supply helicopters for the Israel Police. The new aircraft will replace Israel Police’s aging fleet of single-engine helicopters.
In its requirements for replacing the current fleet of single-engine aircraft, the Israel Police specified advanced aircraft and avionics systems to have the most modern and capable replacement fleet available. Requirements included glass panel cockpit displays, engine FADEC, and modern safety features. The Airbus Helicopters aircraft will be equipped with numerous options, including thermal imagers, searchlights, moving map systems, and cargo swings for firefighting.
The Israel Police have contracted with Elbit Systems to provide financing of the six aircraft, along with full maintenance and spare parts support, to ensure high levels of availability for their demanding mission requirements. Airbus Helicopters Inc. will provide the helicopters, helicopter completion services, flight and maintenance training, and spare parts support throughout the contract term with Elbit. Delivery of the new helicopters to Elbit will begin by the end of 2016.