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Bavarian Police Takes Delivery of First Upgraded H135s

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The Bavarian Police has taken delivery of  its first upgraded H135s.

The retrofit program is designed to bring previously-built models of the EC135 to the performance and safety standards of Airbus Helicopters newest version, the H135.

During the past weeks the upgraded helicopters have been deployed on a variety of missions in the police fleets range of tasks. On the occasion of the recent G7 summit in Bavaria, for example, the retrofitted machines proved their advantages in performance and handling. The resulting gain in safety was especially evident during flights at night and in the difficult, mountainous terrain.

Three of the law enforcement agencys eight helicopters have completed the process and are already in service today, with the remaining five to be converted and delivered in the coming months.

The retrofits are being applied at Airbus Helicopters production facility in Donauwrth, Germany, which is home to the H135 production line.

Providing retrofits for the H135 corresponds to our companys guidelines of quality and safety, as it offers our customers an economical solution to increase the capabilities of their machines, said Axel Humpert, Head of the H135 program at Airbus Helicopters. Besides the considerable improvements in performance and handling, the latest H135 continues to lead the market of its class in payload and low operative costs.

Included in the retrofit package is an enlarged main rotor with improved blade profiles, the transfer of front-mounted engine air intakes to a lateral position, augmented engine capacities and an extension of the horizontal stabilizers span and removal of its endplates, while the tail skid is replaced with a mini bumper.

In addition to the improved handling and yaw control, the upgrade also effects a lower noise footprint resulting from the increased rotor diameter, Humpert added.

The helicopters higher power margins, its one-engine-out performance and expanded flight envelope are likely to be appreciated by customers, particularly those who perform mountain rescue and missions in hot temperatures, extreme weather or at night.

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