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The Botswana Police Service has signed a contract for three AS350 B3e Squirrels for its Police Air Support Branch.
The helicopters will be customised to the Botswana Police Service's specification, including the installation of night vision equipment and other law enforcement equipment. Delivery is scheduled for later in 2015.
These additions will fulfil Botswana's requirement for an expanded airborne law enforcement and crime prevention force.
In addition to the helicopters, Airbus Helicopters will also train Botswana Police Air Support Branch pilots and mechanics.
The AS350 B3e was selected for its unmatched performance and efficiency in Botswana's typically hot and high elevation conditions. Its Arriel 2D turbine engine generates greater power, giving the helicopter manoeuvrability, performance and payload versatility in comparison with other similar sized machines.
Like Botswana, the police in South Africa, Namibia and Angola have all selected Airbus Helicopters equipment, including numerous AS350 B2, B3 and B3e variants.