The Bundespolizei (German Federal Police) has
taken delivery of three heavy H215 helicopters, with a fourth to
follow in June 2019.
The twin-engine multi-role Super Pumas will
enter operation at the beginning of 2020 supporting the Central
Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME), which oversees maritime
missions off of Germany’s coast.
“The H215’s speed, long-distance performance and
high availability rate in harsh conditions are well suited to meet
the demanding needs of our maritime team,” said Thomas Helbig,
Head of the German Federal Police Air Support. “We’ve had a long and successful experience with the versatile Super Puma, and are
eager to continue flying them with this new version, the H215, which comes with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and 4-axis
The aircraft will complement the German Federal
Police’s existing fleet of Airbus helicopters, which includes 42
H135 family helicopters, 19 Super Pumas (AS332 L1s), 19 H155s and
“Our relationship with the German Federal Police dates
back more than five decades to the Alouette II and has grown to
include more than 90 Airbus Helicopters today,” said Wolfgang Schoder, Airbus Helicopters’ Executive Vice President Light
Helicopters and Governmental Programmes. “We’re pleased that
Germany continues to place its trust in the Super Puma for its
life-saving maritime and police missions.”
Federal Police flies its aircraft 365 days a year while performing
a wide range of missions such as border protection, railway
network control, maritime protection and disaster response, VIP
transport and emergency medical services, among others.
H215 is a versatile twin-engine helicopter that features Makila
1A1 engines, a glass
cockpit avionics system and the 4-axis autopilot from
Airbus Helicopters’ H225.