California’s Riverside Police Department has announced that it will add two new Airbus H125 helicopters to its law enforcement fleet, following an order placed in December.
The new helicopters are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2023.
The H125 has a cruise speed of 260 km/h, and has a maximum range of 630km, with a maximum endurance of 4h 30 min using standard fuel tanks.
The single-engine aircraft also features dual hydraulics, dual channel FADEC, a crash resistant fuel system, and advanced glass-panel cockpit displays.
Riverside Police Lieutenant Denny Corbett said: “The Riverside Police Aviation Unit is excited to expand its mission capabilities and offer our community additional services by entering into a larger helicopter platform. Additional services will include increased flight times for patrol, firefighting capabilities, and officer and citizen rescue capabilities, in addition to other mission essential services. The new H125s are a welcome addition to the current aging helicopter fleet.”
Riverside Police Department also recently received delivery of new, adjustable maintenance stands for its Airbus H145 aircraft from SAFE Structure Designs in December 2021.