WA Police are proud to announce they will be the first Police Force in Australia to operate a new H154 helicopter.
The new German-made helicopter will replace the Kawasaki BK117, which has served WA Police for almost 30 years.
Police Minister, Michelle Roberts, said the modern, multi-role helicopter will be equipped with state of the art technology and specialist mission systems to support a broad range of police operations across the State.
“This is not something that you can just buy off the shelf tomorrow and deploy, it requires being built, and all of our requirements will be fully fitted before it comes to us here in Perth,”
“Along with our significant expansion of the aerial drone fleet, the McGowan Government is making sure that our police can have as strong a presence in the air as they do on the ground,” she said.
Funding of $26.9 million dollar has been provided by the WA State Government to purchase the new helicopter, allowing officers to have access to the newest and most advanced air support available.
Police Commissioner, Chris Dawson, said the new vessel will allow quicker take offs, the ability to deploy for a whole range of policing and tactical missions, and great air capacity and range, stretching to Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany.
WA Police will take delivery of the new helicopter in September 2022.