Botswana's Police Service has signed a contract for three new AS350 B3e "Ecureuil" rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters, equipped with Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engines. The helicopters, chosen for the Police Air Support Branch, will include night vision equipment among other law enforcement equipment. Delivery of the airframes is scheduled for later in 2015.
Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa Pty Ltd
The acquisition of these helicopters will fulfill Botswana's requirement for an expanded airborne law enforcement and crime prevention force. Airbus will also train the Botswana Police Air Support Branch pilots and mechanics.
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