German Federal Police accepts two EC155s

Eurocopter EC155The German Federal Police
formally accepted the remaining two EC155 B1 helicopters from Eurocopter to
complete an extensive fleet upgrade programme involving 20 aircraft.

The EC155 B1 helicopters are
used by the Federal Police for a wide range of duties, that include border
patrol, transportation of personnel and special forces, along with diverse
search-and-rescue missions.

With the two latest
aircraft, the German Federal Police now operates a total inventory of 87
helicopters. All of the helicopters operated by the Federal Police are built by
Eurocopter. This positions the service as Eurocopter’s largest European law
enforcement customer.

Today’s acceptance ceremony
was attended by Klaus Dieter Fritsche, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry
of the Interior; Matthias Seeger, president of the German Federal Police; and
Eurocopter president and chief executive Lutz Bertling.

“As an industry-leading
innovator, Eurocopter works with the most advanced operators – exemplified by
the German Federal Police, which has frequently contributed to enhancements
incorporated in our helicopter product line,” Bertling said. “Such a two-way
dialog has enabled Eurocopter to become no. 1 in the police and public service
helicopter marketplace.”

Seeger said his service is
pleased with the results of its major Eurocopter rotorcraft procurement project.
“Thanks to this success, we can be proud of operating a helicopter fleet that
is without equal in Europe in terms of
advanced equipment, efficiency and size,” he added.

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Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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