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British Police Orders Surveillance Aircraft from Austrian Airborne Technologies

Published: September 10, 2015; 19:00 · (FriedlNews)

The UK National Police Air Service (UK NPAS) has awarded the contract to deliver 4 role-equipped fixed-wing surveillance aircraft to Airborne Technologies from Wiener Neustadt. In addition to substantial German police units, another important police force will now rely on the Austrian company that has established itself as potential partner for police aviation.

British Police Orders Surveillance Aircraft from Austrian Airborne Technologies / Picture: © Airborne Technologies GmbH

The head of the Austrian company Wolfgang Grumeth described the orded as "very significant”. Also German police are using aircraft from Wiener Neustadt. The company employing 40 people buys airplanes around the world and equips them in Wiener Neustadt with innovative camera technology.

With the introduction of this new generation of fixed-wing aircraft to the helicopter-dominated fleet, UK NPAS will enhance its capabilities and reduce its cost.

After an intensive warm-up phase, working side-by-side with NPAS and winning the contract for a 6-month trial, Wolfgang Grumeth, CEO of Airborne Technologies said, "Dealing with the requirements of one of the most advanced police forces was a great challenge. We put a lot of time and effort into understanding the individual needs, as well as the overall philosophy of the tender. Together with our longstanding partners L-3 WESCAM, ECS and CarteNav Solutions Inc. we were able to prepare an overall package.”

Safety and the operational efficiency are the foremost requirements of the customer.

Missionized with Airborne LINX the 4 aircraft will set new standards for missions with a heavy workload in a high pressured environment.

In this configuration, the VULCANAIR P68 can be deployed to tasks so far reserved for bigger and much more expensive aircraft.