Eurocopter, January 26, 2012 - Marignane, France - Eurocopter’s Mexican subsidiary, Eurocopter de México S.A. (EMSA), delivered a single-engine AS350 B2 helicopter to the Quito Aerial Police Service, of the Ecuadorian National Police Force, for use on public security missions.
The new aircraft was presented during a ceremony at the customer’s facilities in Quito which was attended by senior officials from Ecuador’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police Force and the National Council for the Control of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (CONSEP), along with EMSA representatives.
The Aerial Police Service now has two AS350 B2s following this latest delivery under the contract signed by EMSA with the General Headquarters of the Ecuadorian National Police Force in December 2009. The new helicopter will provide support in the fight against organized crime and public security missions.
The Aerial Police Service of the Ecuadorian National Police Force has been carrying out missions to safeguard public security in Ecuador for 14 years now, operating from five strategically located bases. Due to its rapid response and wide field of view, the helicopter is the perfect ally for a wide range of law enforcement missions, as well as SAR and MEDEVAC operations.
The single-engine Ecureuil AS350 B2 is a multi-mission helicopter offering outstanding performance and optimum safety standards. Its great versatility and low maintenance costs make it the most popular model in Latin America for police and public security missions. With this new AS350 B2 there are now 119 AS350s in use for public service missions in Latin America and 558 worldwide.
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