The German Federal Police (Bundespolizei - BPol) has taken delivery of three heavy Airbus H215 helicopters, with a fourth to follow in June 2019. These twin-engine multi-role Super PUMAs will enter operation at the beginning of 2020 supporting the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME), which oversees maritime missions off of Germany’s coast.
“The H215’s speed, long-distance performance and high availability rate in harsh conditions are well suited to meet the demanding needs of our maritime team,” said Thomas Helbig, Head of BPol Air Support. “We’ve had a long and successful experience with the versatile Super PUMA, and are eager to continue flying them with this new version, the H215, which comes with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and 4-axis autopilot.”
These aircraft will complement BPol’s existing fleet of Airbus helicopters, which includes 42 H135 family helicopters, 19 Super PUMAs (AS332 L1s), 19 H155s and 8 H120s.
BPol flies its aircraft 365 days a year while performing a wide range of missions such as border protection, railway network control, maritime protection and disaster response, VIP transport and emergency medical services, among others.