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Airbus Helicopters Inc.

October 12, 2016 17:21 ET

Airbus Helicopters Inc. to Feature California Highway Patrol H125 AStar Helicopter at IACP in San Diego

Highly Capable and Versatile Helicopter Is U.S. Law Enforcement Market Leader

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX--(Marketwired - October 12, 2016) - Airbus Helicopters Inc., the North American sales leader in law enforcement helicopters for more than a decade, will exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 16-18, Booth #4927.

The California Highway Patrol operates 11 H125/AS350-series AStar aircraft to conduct a wide variety of law enforcement missions, including patrol, search and rescue and special operations. Airbus Helicopters Inc. produces the H125 at its facility in Columbus, Miss. The CHP AStars have an advanced avionics and mission equipment suite that enhances the law enforcement operational capabilities of the aircraft. Installed equipment includes a thermal imager, searchlight, moving map system and a 500-pound rescue hoist. Hangar One Avionics in Carlsbad, Calif. integrates the law enforcement completion packages for the CHP helicopters.

"CHP has been operating Airbus Helicopters products for over 30 years, starting with an AS350B model in 1984," said Ed Van Winkle, Director of Market Segment Sales for Airbus Helicopters Inc. "The CHP's continued dedication to Airbus Helicopters products demonstrate the high level of trust that CHP has in the AStar to perform its wide range of missions."

In addition to the California Highway Patrol, numerous agencies across North America deploy the H125 to conduct law enforcement missions. Recently the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in California ordered two new H125's as part of a fleet replacement plan to upgrade their current fleet of six AStars. The new helicopters will be used to conduct law enforcement and search and rescue missions. Airbus Helicopters Inc. will perform the law enforcement completions at its Grand Prairie, Texas headquarters for delivery in mid-2017.

Airbus Helicopters' H125/AS350-series helicopters are the most widely purchased by U.S. law enforcement agencies. More than 240 are in use nationwide with 44 different law enforcement agencies, 75 of them delivered in the last five years.

Airbus Helicopters Inc. leads the U.S. market in sales of new helicopters to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with a 54 percent market share over the last decade. The spacious cabin and modern safety features of the H125, including energy-attenuating seats, a crash-resistant fuel system, and a Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display, make the AStar an industry leader. The cost-effective H125 offers high cruise speed and range, and the ability to conduct a wide range of missions.

For more information on Airbus Helicopters industry-leading helicopters stop by IACP Booth #4927.

About Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters, Inc. manufactures H125 and UH-72A helicopters and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the U.S. The product line represents the industry's most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters serving all markets and missions. The company's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss. For more information, visit www.airbushelicoptersinc.com.

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