Airbus will build four helicopters at its Lowndes County plant that will be used by the Israel Police force, company officials announced.
Airbus has agreed to complete six new helicopters for Elbit Systems, which contracts with the Israel Police. Four of those helicopters — the H125 AStars — will be constructed in the Golden Triangle.
“Airbus Helicopters is excited to have won this contract to replace the Israel Police helicopter fleet,” Sebastian Delmaire, vice president of strategy and business development, said. “The delivery of these aircraft will mark the introduction of the H125 and H145 to Israel. The H125s will be the first built for a foreign customer on the Airbus Helicopters final assembly line in Columbus.”
Israel Police is a citizen security force that conducts law enforcement, counter-terrorism, border security and search and rescue missions throughout Israel. The helicopters will be equipped with thermal imaging, searchlights, moving map systems and cargo swings for firefighting.
The helicopters are expected to be completed and delivered to Elbit by the end of 2016.