GRAND PRAIRIE , Texas, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Airbus Helicopters in the United States is to supply six civil aircraft to Elbit Systems Ltd. for use by Israeli police forces.
The order from the Israeli company is for four H125 AStar helicopters and two H145 helicopters.
"Airbus Helicopters Inc. is excited to have won this contract to replace the Israel Police helicopter fleet," said Sebastien Delmaire, vice president of Strategy and Business Development. "The delivery of these aircraft will mark the introduction of the H125 and H145 to Israel. The H125s will be the first built for a foreign customer on the Airbus Helicopters Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Miss."
In addition to civilian law enforcement, Israel Police is engaged in counter-terrorism, border security and search-and-rescue operations.
The aircraft being supplied will feature glass panel cockpit displays, thermal imagers, searchlights, moving map systems, and cargo swings for firefighting.
Elbit Systems is providing financing for the six aircraft, along with full maintenance and spare parts support.
Delivery of the new helicopters to Elbit will begin by the end of next year.