North American law enforcement agencies ordered 19 Airbus H125 helicopters in 2022
March 8, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
Law enforcement agencies throughout North America in 2022 have placed orders for 19 Airbus H125 helicopters. Airbus points to notable new bookings in 2022 being made by existing Airbus customer York Regional Police, as well as new Airbus customers Kansas Highway Patrol and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.
“Over the past decade, more than 75 per cent of all single-engine law enforcement deliveries in North America have been Airbus H125 helicopters,” said Treg Manning, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Airbus Helicopters North America.
York Regional Police from the Greater Toronto area opted to upgrade to an H125 from its current EC120 which they have used since 2002. The aircraft will be used for law enforcement missions like speed patrol, suspect surveillance and pursuit, and search and rescue.
Kansas Highway Patrol ordered an H125 helicopter as an addition to its fleet to be used for search and rescue, vehicle pursuits, emergency response, counter-drug missions, and transporting vital equipment, personnel and assets.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police also placed an order for an H125 to replace a Bell 206 they previously operated. Officers will use the H125 to patrol public lands and waters, ensuring the safety of visitors and the protection of natural resources.
Airbus states its helicopters have accounted for more than 60 per cent of all North American law enforcement aircraft deliveries in the past decade. Orders previously announced include Phoenix Police Department which opted to replace a fleet of four AS350 B3 helicopters with a fleet of five H125s. Metropolitan Nashville Police Department added two H125s to its fleet last year, replacing the MD 500s it had previously operated. Kern County Sheriff’s Office will also acquire two Airbus H125s to replace its current MD 500 and OH-58 helicopters, as announced at Heli-Expo 2022.