The first aircraft will be delivered in the first half of 2022, with the second one following in Q1 2023.
The contract marks the entry of the AW189 type into the Chinese civil helicopter market. Once delivered, Beijing Police’s AW189s will feature a range of mission equipment, including a search light, rescue hoist, tactical radios, weather/search radar, cargo hook and firefighting equipment provision.
The two AW189s will join seven other Leonardo helicopters (three AW139s, three AW109 Powers, one AW109 GrandNew) to make Beijing Police the largest Police Aviation unit in China with a nine-aircraft fleet. With the introduction of two AW189s, Beijing Police also spearheads, among Chinese Police Aviation operators, an expansion into emergency management roles assigned by the newly created Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management.