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Tue, 13 Nov 2018

Airbus Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to NPASí UK Police Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of seven upgraded National Police Air Service (NPAS) H135 helicopters, under a £1.5 million contract signed in December 2017 to equip and standardise the UK police helicopter fleetís Night Vision (NVIS) capability.

Under the new configuration, all seven NPASí H135 helicopters will be capable of NVIS operations down to ground level, enhancing their night time surveillance capabilities at all heights and in all environments.

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of seven upgraded National Police Air Service (NPAS) H135 helicopters, under a £1.5 million contract signed in December 2017 to equip and standardise the UK police helicopter fleetís Night Vision (NVIS) capability. Click to enlarge.

The first upgraded aircraft, G-POLF, was first delivered to UK police in 2002 and, with more than 15,000 flight hours, is a global H135 fleet leader.

The standardised upgrade, common to all seven helicopters, will deliver the latest NVIS capability and bring these aircraft in line with NPASí current NVIS-capable H135 fleet, allowing NPAS to benefit from commonality across the entire fleet.

Oliver Dismore, NPAS T/Accountable Manager, said, ďAirbus Helicoptersí UK design team is recognised as a European leader in the design and integration of night vision capabilities across the companyís range of helicopters, while the companyís 30 year heritage supporting the development of UK police aviation and their collaborative approach has meant the impact on fleet availability and operations has been minimised.Ē

The upgrade includes stripping and re-equipping the majority of cockpit instrumentation across all seven helicopters, including flight and mission equipment and new FENN700+ night vision goggles, to precisely the same standard.

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