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Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013
The formal handover was attended by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who took the occasion of his official visit to Peru to reiterate the cooperation between France and Peru in matters of defence and security.
These new aircraft-the first units of this model to reach Peru-will be stationed at the Police Aviation Unit’s main base, from where they will perform public security missions as well as disaster relief throughout the country.
The remaining three helicopters will be delivered before the end of the year.
“This country regards the modernisation of our police aviation capabilities as a priority, and I am proud to be able to equip our police with a helicopter that has proved its effectiveness with police forces around the world,” said Peru’s Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza, who expressed his satisfaction that the purchase was made within the framework of a government agreement between Paris and Lima.
The EC145 is one of the most popular models of light twin-engine helicopters, and is relied on around the world for public security and disaster relief missions.
With more than 500 units delivered to date, this helicopter serves in the police fleets of 26 countries-including France, where the Ministry of the Interior operates 50 units.
Powerful and versatile, Eurocopter’s EC145 is perfectly suited to the Peruvian terrain, where it will carry out missions in extreme conditions at sea level, in the jungle, or up on the demanding Andean Plateau. With a payload capacity of more than 1.7 tonnes and a range of 370 nautical miles, the PNP’s new EC145s can transport up to 10 passengers.
They are equipped with PA systems, a siren and multi-frequency radios for hub-and-spoke communications; one of them features a state-of-the-art infrared camera.
This new high-definition camera, the only one in the country, will transmit live images to the command centre or ground units, which will optimize surveillance and civil security missions.