Bell Helicopter delivered the first law-enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento Police Department in California. The unit was outfitted with specialized law-enforcement provisions, including high skid gear and forward/aft hard points for mounting equipment. Additional equipment includes a 15-inch monitor with moving map system, loudhailer, MX-10 EO/IR Sensor, and Trakka Beam Searchlight.
"The Bell 505 will be invaluable in critical calls for service when minutes matter and will allow us to best protect the citizens of Sacramento," said Sergeant Randy Van Dusen of the Sacramento Police Department's Air Operations Team. "The ergonomic seats allow the pilot and tactical flight officer to fly for hours comfortably, and the large windows allow for greater visibility that makes searching for suspects and missing persons easier."
With a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 lbs., the Bell 505 is designed to be safe and easy to fly while providing significant value to the operator. Bell said the customer-driven design of the aircraft places safety, performance, and affordability at the forefront, blending proven systems with advanced technology and a sleek, modern design.