The Eurocopter EC135 is a lightweight five/seven seat twin-turbine-engine multi-role helicopter with a radius of 720 km.
The EC135 is offered with either Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 or Pratt and Whitney Canada PW206B2 engines. Development
of the Eurocopter EC135 started in the 80s as the MBB Bo.108 Advanced Technology Helicopter. The prototype BO108
with conventional tail rotor flew first on 15 October 1988. When the helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany
and Aerospatiale from France merged in January 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group, the Bo108 program was transferred
as well. An advanced low noise ducted 10-blade Fenestron tail rotor was, next to other modifications, incorporated
into the design and the name of the helicopter was changed into Eurocopter EC135. The prototype of the EC135
(D-HBOX s/n S-01) flew first on 15 February 1994 and went into series production in 1996 at Donauwörth. After
German certification was granted on 14 June 1996, was the first customer delivery on 31 July that year. Over
900 have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in 1996 with the German rescue company DRF - Deutsche
Eurocopter EC135 T2+ c/n 0146 was original built as an EC135 T1 and registered D-HVBB with Bundesminsterium des
Innern o/b Bundesgrenzschutz on 28 September 2000. Early 2002, the aircraft returned to Eurocopter Deutschland
for conversion to the Eurocopter EC135 T2 standard. On 9 April 2002, the D-HVBB was registered as an EC135T2.
On 1 July 2005, the Bundesgrenzschutz Fliegerstaffel was renamed Bundespolizeifliegerstaffel. The aircraft was modified to the EC135 T2+ standard in August 2008.
Eurocopter EC 135 T2+ D-HVBB of Bundespolizeifliegerstaffel Nord was photographed during the "Landelijke Politiedag" at the "Circuit van Drenthe"
near Assen in the Netherlands. The helicopter used call sign "Pirol 640".