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H125s enter service in Austria

22nd October 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Two Airbus H125 helicopters have entered into service with Austria’s Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the company announced on 21 October.

The aircraft have joined BMI’s existing fleet of Airbus H135 and AS350 helicopters and will operate from Innsbruck and Salzburg on behalf of the Tyrolean government in support of law enforcement and rescue missions.

The helicopters feature a comprehensive suite of mission equipment in a customised configuration, including dual cargo hook, night vision compatibility, searchlight, fire-fighting equipment including the interface for Bambi bucket operation, and TETRA tactical communications.

Werner Senn, BMI Head of Air Police, said: ‘It has been a complex design and implementation process to provide the H125 with the capabilities that we wanted and it is a tribute to the excellent cooperation between our respective teams that we achieved the desired result. This will give the BMI and the Tyrol region one of the most advanced police aviation capabilities in Europe on an aircraft of this size.’

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