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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Shanghai Public Security Bureau buys 3 helicopters from Eurocopter


Shanghai Public Security Bureau and Eurocopter signed a contract on April 28 for three helicopters in Shanghai. The signing was attended by Director Wu Zhiming of the Shanghai Helicopter Procurement Project Committee, and officials from the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, Shanghai Municipal Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs and Municipal Standing Committee. The bureau purchased two light twin-engine EC135 and one medium twin-engine EC155. The EC135 has superior performance, mission versatility, and high flight safety, and is now established as the most successful lightweight twin-engine helicopter. The EC155 is a member of the famous Dauphin family, which is widely used by law enforcement authorities. It features the new generation of helicopter in terms of passenger comfort, piloting aid, safety and performance. With long-range capabilities, it is particularly adapted for troop transport operations and VIP transport. These helicopters will be used by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau for police missions, including air patrol and air reconnaissance. They will also be deployed for other public missions, such as emergency medical service, firefighting, and evacuations, as well as directing road traffic. Shanghai is purchasing helicopters in line with the national police aviation policy. A police helicopter squad will be set up in the municipal public security bureau, which is positioned to provide police services and serve other administrative functions of the government. Eurocopter says it has a 45 percent share in China’s civil aviation and para-public markets. The Shanghai Public Security Bureau will be the new police force in China, to be equipped with Eurocopter helicopters after the Guangdong police, which today operates one EC135 and one EC120. Norbert Ducrot, Eurocopter senior vice president, said: “Beyond the high quality and performance of our helicopters, we demonstrated to the Shanghai Public Security Bureau our ability to provide them with the best technical support in the long run, so that they can concentrate on their daily operations.” Eurocopter has been present in China for the last 40 years and has, since 2003, implemented a helicopter-dedicated maintenance center in association with Citic Offshore Helicopter Co. in Shenzen. Eurocopter China Co. was opened in 2006 to centralize commercial operations and provide close and reinforced assistance to its customers.

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