Eurocopter has sold an EC145 to the Northern Ireland police service. The light twin-engined helicopter will be handed over in the first half of 2013, joining the forces' trio of Eurocopter types - an EC135, a BK117 and another EC145 - in service

The service's current Eurocopter fleet "provides a high annual utilisation, logging an average 1,100 flight hours yearly per helicopter," says the airframer.

NI Police EC145


The latest EC145 will be configured for law enforcement missions at Eurocopter's Oxford airport base, while "around the clock maintenance provision" will be provided at the police's Northern Ireland headquarters.

Markus Steinke, managing director of Eurocopter UK, says: "Northern Ireland's EC145 acquisition maintains Eurocopter's 100% market share for police helicopter fleets in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland, along with a 70% share for England and Wales, bringing the total fleet of EC135/EC145s in the region to 30."

Source: Flight International