Department Orders Four Eurocopter EC120
By Bill Goldston
October 27, 2011 - The Baltimore Police Department has
ordered four Eurocopter EC120 helicopters to replace its
current fleet. The department is one of the leading law
enforcement operators of the EC120 in the world. The new
helicopters will be part of a fleet renewal program and
are scheduled to start delivering in summer 2012.
?The Baltimore Police Department?s commitment to the EC120 showcases the appeal of the platform in the airborne law enforcement community,? said Treg Manning, American Eurocopter Vice President of Sales. ?The department?s current fleet of 120?s have provided crucial support for its airborne law enforcement missions and have shown the durability of this airframe.?
reasons we chose the EC120 to upgrade our fleet are the same
reasons we chose the EC120s in the first place,? according to
Lieutenant Don Bauer, Aviation Commander for the Baltimore
Police Department. ?It is always reliable. It?s fuel efficient
and quiet. Out of all the aircraft we evaluated, nothing beats
the EC120 for our department and our missions.?
is a workhorse for the Baltimore Police Department. It utilizes
the EC120s for airborne law enforcement missions that include
patrol and support as well as Homeland Security missions. Its
current fleet of EC120s were purchased in 2000 and in July 2010,
the department had the first EC120 in the world to reach 10,000
flight hours. The Baltimore PD fleet now has more than 35,000
addition to the aircraft?s performance and reliability, Bauer
explains that the service and support provided by American
Eurocopter was another selling point. ?We have almost a 12-year
relationship with American Eurocopter. Their commitment to
supporting our aircraft and our department has helped us keep
our aircraft in the air and performing our missions. It made our
decision even easier.?
EC120?s will be completed at American Eurocopter?s Grand
Prairie, TX facility and will include advanced avionics and
mission equipment, including thermal imager, searchlight, moving
map, and video downlink systems. Baltimore PD?s EC120?s will
have both front seat and rear seat consoles for Tactical Flight
Officers, which are being custom-designed by AE.
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