The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) has ordered the first Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar produced on the company's new final assembly line in Columbus, Miss. The H125 is now built in the United States by American workers. Airbus Helicopters Inc. had partially assembled AS350 B2 and AS350 B3 AStar helicopters in Columbus since 2005. Production of the H125 (formerly AS350 B3e) on the full final assembly line began in late 2014. The OSHP aircraft is the first H125 produced from the Columbus assembly line and certified by the FAA.
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Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognized the OSHP at a brief ceremony at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association ALEA Expo 2015 in Houston, Texas on Friday, July 17. The OSHP currently operates two AS350 B2 AStars to conduct a wide variety of law enforcement missions including patrol, aerial searches with thermal imagers, photo missions and marijuana eradication. The highway patrol has been operating AStars for more than 20 years to protect and serve the citizens of Ohio.
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