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Eurocopter EC135
PH-MMT German Army 82+64
MBB BO.105
PH-PXC Airbus Helicopters EC135 P2+ c/n 0795 - KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie - Volkel AFB in Holland - 15 June 2013 EC135 T2 PH-ELP at Volkel AFB

The Airbus Helicopters EC135 is a lightweight five/seven seat twin-turbine-engine multi-role helicopter with a radius of 720 km. The EC 135 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. In 1996, the EC135 went into series production by Eurocopter Deutschland in Donauwörth, Germany. After German certification was granted on 14 June 1996, the first customer delivery was on 31 July 1996. Next to the EC135 a special military version was developed designated the Eurocopter EC635. Over 1200 EC135 airframes have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in 1996. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the EC135 helicopters is EC35.

As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents Aérospatiale-Matra; DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and Construcciones Aeronàuticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space company). Taking off into 2014, EADS was rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, its helicopter division Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

In 2009, six Eurocopter EC135 P2+ and two AgustaWestland AW139 Long Nose configuration replaced the seven MBB Bölkow BO-105s in service with the KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie. The first two of the EC135 P2+ helicopters, PH-PXA and PH-PXB, arrived at Schiphol East on 21 July and the first of the AW139 helicopters, PH-PXZ, arrived on 13 October 2009.

In April 2009, Eurocopter Deutschland started testflying the Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0795 at Donauwörth with Eurocopter Deutschland test registration D-HCBV. On 23 July 2009, the helicopter was registered PH-PXC with KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie, Schiphol-Oost, the Netherlands. The 2009-built Eurocopter EC135 P2+ PH-PXC was delivered together with EC135 P2+ PH-PXF at Schiphol East on 25 July 2009. The KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie helicopters have fixed call-signs: Eurocopter EC135 P2+ PH-PXA up-to and including PH-PXF uses Police01 up-to and including Police06. The call-signs for the AgustaWestland AW139’s are Police25 and Police26. Due to the formation of the national police in the Netherlands, the Dutch police helicopters, including EC135 P2+ PH-PXC were registered with Nationale Politie, Landelijke Eenheid, Schiphol, on 31 October 2013.

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