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  1. Quebec's provincial police force has put its new/used Airbus H145 helicopter into service. It was a controversial purchase back a few years ago, given the hefty price tag. But the twin engine helicopter is very capable for its intended roles. The H145 is generally considered a better helicopter than those currently on offer from Bell Textron Helicopters, the other main competitor for police, law enforcement, and military helicopters in Canada, located in Quebec. But, it does have a short range, given its fuel capacity. New Airbus H145 for Sûreté du Québec (aviationnewsjournal.com) The Sûreté du Québec H145 is the second one operating in the police role in Canada, the first procured by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and stationed in E Division at Langley, British Columbia. The Airbus H145 is ideally suited for supporting the training and deployment of specialized tactical units. Technical specifications and company brochures are available from Airbus Helicopters Canada, though no specific mention is made to the Sûreté du Québec purchase and presumably operating and maintenance contracts: H145 - Airbus Helicopters Canada Airbus Helicopters Canada is a subsidiary of European parent company Airbus and has a manufacturing, assembly, and overhaul facility in Fort Erie, Ontario. It was previously called Eurocopter Canada Limited. Other provincial and municipal police services are no doubt looking at the Airbus H145, and the RCMP will likely buy more as its existing rotary fleet ages, or attrition takes place through accidents and mishaps. The helicopter adds significant capability to the Sûreté du Québec.
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