San Diego adds four aircraft to police fleet
The San Diego City Council has approved the purchase of four Airbus H125 helicopters for approximately $21 million to replace its ageing fleet.
The agreement approves the purchase of one helicopter immediately for $4.6 million, with the further three to be acquired for $5.5m apiece and delivered over a five-year period, ending in 2024 – according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
City officials will need to approve the other three transactions separately — based on whether the city has the capital available to acquire more helicopters.
Two years ago, the city also added a modified Black Hawk to its fire-rescue fleet to help fight wildfires.
As of last year, Airbus says there are 810 H125, H135 and H145 helicopters in law enforcement roles across the US, making up nearly 60% of the entire country’s police fleet.
“We are able to continue to lead this market by producing highly capable and versatile aircraft and providing industry-leading support to our customers,” said Chris Emerson, President of Airbus Helicopters Inc. and head of the North America region. “We’re proud to build the cutting-edge H125 helicopter in Mississippi. It’s a prime example of how Airbus is expanding its presence and industrial footprint in the United States.”