The New York Police Department (NYPD) has ordered two Subaru Bell 412EPX helicopters configured for the search and rescue (SAR) mission.
The 412EPX will be the ninth Bell type operated by NYPD in its history, says Bell. NYPD has operated Bell types since 1948, when a Bell 47 joined the Aviation Unit.
“The NYPD is one of the most notable law enforcement agencies in the world, and Bell is proud the Aviation Unit has selected the Subaru Bell 412EPX and continues to put its trust in Bell,” says Lane Evans, managing director, Americas.
“In addition to being highly equipped with the latest technology and avionics, the SUBARU BELL 412EPX will deliver new capabilities and readiness for critical missions.”
Bell adds that the NYPD now operates a pair of 412Eps, four 429s, and a single 407. Missions range from SAR to intelligence gathering.
“The New York City Police Department is exceptionally pleased to add these high-quality aircraft to our fleet,” says NYPD deputy inspector Louis Soviero, commanding officer of the Aviation Unit.
“As one of the first airborne law enforcement divisions in the world, the NYPD’s Aviation Unit performs air/sea search-and-rescue missions, tactical support, port security, counterterror operations, patrol functions, and more.”