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First NVIS-equipped H135 delivered to NPAS

15th November 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The UK’s National Police Air Service (NPAS) has received the first of its seven H135 helicopters to be upgraded with a new night vision capability by Airbus Helicopters.

The fleet is being upgraded to enable night vision operations down to ground level, enhancing the aircrafts' night time surveillance capabilities at all heights and in all environments. Airbus Helicopters signed the £1.5 million contract to perform the work in December 2017.

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.

Colin James, UK managing director of Airbus Helicopters, said: ‘Whether designing innovative rotary-wing solutions for UK and overseas customers or supporting UK helicopter fleet availability, our aircraft are the best fit for policing and emergency services missions and our UK team, working 24/7 from sites across the UK, ensures these can be relied on to deliver day in, day out.’

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