Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters, Bundespolizei Fliegergruppe
Come early 2019, the German federal police is set to take delivery of three Airbus Helicopters H215s, the manufacturer said. The recent purchase agreement, officiated by the Ministry of Interior, allows the police force to add to its current fleet of 19 Airbus Super Puma family members.
The new aircraft would be headed for maritime emergency and police missions, among other operations. The federal police’s current fleet has performed transport, search and rescue, and disaster relief operations, requiring quick conversion from role to role.
A heavy, twin-engine, Super Puma/Cougar family member, the H215 features a glass cockpit and four-axis autopilot. It is designed for public service, passenger transport, and aerial work and utility. In its long multirole variant, the H215 can seat two pilots with 19 comfort seats or 22 troop seats. In its short aerial work version, it can seat two pilots with 15 plus two comfort seats or 20 troops seats.