Robinson Helicopter has clinched US Federal Aviation Administration approval for the R66 Police helicopter.
The first of the four-seat single-engined aircraft will be delivered next month to Southern California's Fontana Police Department - which has deployed the smaller R44 stablemate for aerial law enforcement since 2005.
The R66 Police helicopter is equipped with a FLIR Ultra 8000 thermal imaging camera, a 10-inch fold down colour monitor, the new Spectrolab SX-7 searchlight and a dual audio controller.
Robinson says "the modest price tag of $1,104,000 and simplified maintenance schedule will appeal to both large and small police agencies."
The airframer plans to offer an electronic news gathering and float version of the R66 next year.