Airbus bids to supply NYPD with two H175 helicopters
By Naomi Szeben
Airbus Helicopters submitted a bid to the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s request for proposal for two new helicopters to partially replace its aging fleet of rotorcraft. Airbus is prepared to equip the NYPD with search and rescue H175 helicopters.
The NYPD is responsible for missions that include surveillance, search and rescue, counter terrorism, SWAT, medical evacuation, high rise rescue, and firefighting. The current request for proposal for two new helicopters was released earlier this month, with an award announcement expected later this year.
Airbus’ H175 is a twin-engine helicopter that can accommodate up to two pilots and 18 passengers, and is suited to perform a range of public service missions such as search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, law enforcement, and firefighting as well as land and maritime border control operations. It features more than 20 certified cabin configurations that can be easily interchanged based on mission requirements.
“As a former police service member, I know how important it is for our nation’s law enforcement to be able to serve and protect in the specific ways that their communities need,” said Ron Kelley, airborne law enforcement segment manager at Airbus Helicopters, in a statement. “Serving and protecting in New York City means having the ability to perform rescues and evacuations in a busy urban setting, to operate in a maritime environment, and to be ready to fly at a moment’s notice. The entire Airbus team stands ready to support NYPD with the H175, which is a reliable and versatile platform to help them support those who need them, in any environment.”