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Oklahoma Department of Public Safety new AS350B3e helicopter to be featured by Airbus Helicopters Inc. at ALEA conference

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas  – Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) will feature the recently-delivered Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) AS350B3e helicopter at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, July 16-19 at Booth 811.

The Oklahoma DPS AStar features an advanced avionics and mission equipment suite, including the Garmin G500H electronic flight information system, Wescam MX10 thermal imager, Spectrolab SX-16 searchlight with IFCO lens, and the Churchill Augmented Reality System (ARS) moving map system displayed on a Frederick Aero 17-inch monitor. The helicopter is also equipped with a hoist boom, for use in search-and-rescue missions. All completion services were performed by Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Grand Prairie, Texas.

“The Oklahoma DPS AS350B3e is a prime example of a next-generation law enforcement helicopter cockpit,” said Ed Van Winkle, AHI Sales Manager for Airborne Law Enforcement. “The most modern avionics and mission equipment gives the State of Oklahoma significantly greater capability to respond to a wide variety of missions in order to support the men and women of Oklahoma DPS.” AHI will be highlighting the multimission capability of the AS350B3e at the ALEA conference, as well as the low purchase and operating cost of this proven helicopter.

In addition to the Oklahoma DPS AStar, other recent law enforcement deliveries by AHI include the Mississippi Department of Public Safety AS350B3e, two Oklahoma City Police Department AS350B3e aircraft and a Tulsa Police Department AS350B2. Additionally, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department recently ordered an AS350B3e to upgrade their mission capability throughout the State of Texas, with this helicopter to be delivered before the end of the year. Each of these law enforcement agencies is a new AHI customer.

AHI leads the U.S. market in sales of new helicopters to federal, state and local Law Enforcement agencies, maintaining a 56 percent market share over the last decade. The spacious cabin and numerous modern safety features of the AS350-series, including energy-attenuating seats and a Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display, make the AStar an industry leader.

Airbus Helicopters’ AS350-series is the most widely used helicopter by U.S. law enforcement agencies with more than 220 in use across the country. Produced by Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Columbus, Miss., this cost-effective helicopter offers modern safety features, high cruise speed and range, and the ability to conduct a wide range of missions.

About Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) 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. is a manufacturer, 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.


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