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Rotorcraft Report: Dutch Police Order Two AW139s

By Staff Writer | February 1, 2008

POLICE

The Netherlands Police Agency has signed a contract for two AgustaWestland AW139 medium, twin-turbine engine helicopters.

The two helicopters are to be used by the Dutch Police Korps landelijke politiediensten (KLPD) for law enforcement and homeland security missions.

The AW139 law enforcement configuration has a large cabin with large sliding doors to enable easy and quick access and to permit fast roping.

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The cabin also allows easy configuration changes to meet operational requirements, according to AgustaWestland. The AW139’s internally and externally accessible separate baggage compartment of 3.4 cu m (120 cu ft) is large enough to carry a variety of mission specific equipment.

With a maximum speed of 165 kt combined with its range and endurance, the AW139 can be quickly deployed to any crime scene or accident location. The integrated avionic system provides the basis for managing the sensors and comprehensive communications suite required for the law enforcement role. The cockpit is NVG compatible.

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