By Staff Writer | January 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE
The Netherland’s national police agency has ordered six Eurocopter EC135P2is as long-sought replacements for its fleet of BO105s.
The nation’s ministry of interior affairs and kingdom relations signed a contract Nov. 28 for the light, twin-engine helicopters for the Korps Landelijke Politiediensten (KLPD), or Dutch Police. Eurocopter said they would be delivered throughout the second half of 2009.
This version of the EC135 is powered by two 708-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B2s engines. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 6,415 lb (2,910 kg) and can seat one pilot with up to seven crewmembers or two pilots with up to six crewmembers. For the Dutch Police’s specific missions, Eurocopter said, the helicopters will be fitted with a forward-looking infrared (flir) camera, a video downlink system, and a 20-in operator screen with "picture in picture" system.
The Netherlands previously had ordered MD Explorers to replace the BO105s, but MD and its representative in the Netherlands were unable to fulfill the contract on schedule and the order was canceled.