Bell Helicopter has announced the delivery of the first law-enforcement configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento Police Department, US.
The aircraft comes equipped with specialist law enforcement options, including high skid gear and forward/aft hard points for mounting equipment. The aircraft also features additional equipment including a 15” monitor with moving map system, loudhailer, MX-10 EO/IR Sensor and Trakka Beam Searchlight.
“The Bell 505 will be invaluable in critical calls for service when minutes matter and will allow us to best protect the citizens of Sacramento,” said Sergeant Randy Van Dusen of the Sacramento Police Department’s Air Operations Team. “The ergonomic seats allow the pilot and tactical flight officer to fly for hours comfortably, and the large windows allow for greater visibility that makes searching for suspects and missing persons easier.”
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has top speeds of 232 km/h and a useful load of 680 kg. Bell says it has a customer-driven design that offers safety, performance and affordability.
“The Bell 505 delivers best-in-class visibility, and the aircraft’s advanced avionics and cost of operations make it the choice aircraft for law enforcement operations,” said Jay Ortiz, Senior Vice-President, the Americas. “Bell is proud to support the Sacramento Police Department and provide reliable aircraft for the important mission of global law enforcement agencies.”