Austria introduces H125s for Police Air Wing


Two new Airbus H125s have been successfully flown for the first time by the Austrian Ministry of the Interior; both are equipped specifically for law enforcement and rescue missions.

The H125s join the existing fleet of AS350 and H135 aircraft, operating from Salzburg and Innsbruck on behalf of the Tyrolean government. The equipment on the new H125s include a dual cargo hook, night vision system, searchlight, firefighting equipment (Bambi Bucket compatible) and TETRA tactical communications avionics.

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.”

Colin James, Managing Director Airbus Helicopters in the UK said: “The ability of our team to devise and deliver the most extensive mission configuration has been critical to the successful provision of this exceptionally capable aircraft. This design makes the most of the H125’s underlying performance and demonstrates the key contribution that the company’s UK operation can deliver to specialised customers worldwide.”