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Second Airbus Five-bladed H145 to Join WA Police Force

Our Bureau - : Sep 2, 2021 - : 2:15 am

The Western Australian Police Force has purchased a second H145 helicopter to strengthen police operations in the region.

The WA Police Force the only law enforcement jurisdiction in the southern hemisphere to operate two new state-of-the-art Airbus five-bladed H145 helicopters. This new H145 will soon join a fleet of more than 300 Airbus helicopters flying in the country.

“Our police helicopters provide vital support to police operations across the state, and the addition of two new H145 helicopters will boost police capability to respond to emergencies and crime challenges,” Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan told reporters.

The second H145 will replace the existing AS365 helicopter for WA Police Force, and generate operational efficiencies, platform commonality and a greater number of available annual flight hours with a fleet of two identical aircraft.

The new H145 offers a full range of capabilities for the WA Police Force, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules, along with night vision goggles capability. This is complemented with Airbus’ Helionix avionics suite and 4-axis autopilot, significantly reducing crew workload and underpinning flight safety. For exclusive use by the WA Police Force, both H145 helicopters will be based in Perth, servicing the entire State of Western Australia.

“We are honoured by the WA Police Force’s continued trust in our products to support their critical operations. The H145 is well regarded as a reference law enforcement helicopter, and being able to support the WA Police Force with an H145 fleet, configured to include their mobile policing command post, is something that Airbus is extremely proud to be part of,” said Andrew Mathewson, Managing Director, Airbus Australia Pacific.


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