The Western Australia Police Force Air has added its first five-blade H145, as part of a $54.3million dollar State Government funded upgrade to the Air Wing fleet.
The investment includes $7.6 million for operating and maintenance costs, along with the recruitment of two licensed aircraft engineers to be based at Jandakot.
"This new helicopter is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, enhancing the aerial advantage WA Police has when responding to evolving emergencies. The increased capability means Air Wing can be airborne eight minutes faster than previously possible and that improved response time is invaluable when reacting to a situation where every second counts.” Said Police Minister Paul Papalia.
Western Australia is the first law enforcement jurisdiction to operate the new H145 D3 in the southern hemisphere, giving officer’s access to the most advanced air support technology available. This enhanced capability as well as the helicopter's new safety features and reduced maintenance requirements will boost public protection as police respond to emergencies and crime.
A second H145 helicopter is currently under construction in Germany and is expected to be operational by early 2024.