Austin receives third police helicopter


Austin Police Department alreadt operates two helicopter.

Eurocopter delivers a brand new police helicopter to Austin, Texas.
Austin Police Department alreadt operates two helicopter.

Another police helicopter operated by APD.

The police department in Austin has added a third helicopter to its fleet after accepting delivery of  a new $3.75 million AS350 B3e from Eurocopter.

The new police helicopter was completed by Metro Aviation at the company’s completion facility in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“We had a great collaboration with Metro Aviation completing our most recent helicopter purchase and we are very happy with the result,” said Sgt. Ben Dranguet with the Austin Police Department Air Support Unit.

The new helicopter has an infrared thermal imaging system, gyro-stabilized binoculars, multiple channel police radio and Spectrolab SX-16 Nightsun. The new Air One will also be used to fight fires with a Bambi Bucket.

Dranguet added: “This project is the culmination of Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo’s vision to bring front-line, multi-mission, public safety aircraft to central Texas providing direct support to the Austin Police Department, the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS.”