Leonardo announced the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Police has placed an order for an AW119Kx. The helicopter, which is scheduled for delivery in 2018, will support the DEP Police in water supply protection operations. As the largest single-source water supply in the United States, the New York City water supply system is protected by ground and air to prevent terrorism, pollution and crime. The AW119Kx selected by the DEP Police s fully customized and features searchlight, FLIR, external loudspeakers, rappelling and cargo hooks, expanded fuel system, a foldable stretcher, and high visibility crew doors on both sides of the aircraft. The aircraft also includes provisions for a Bambi Bucket to be used for firefighting operations.

By Frédéric Vergnères

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