Western Power's H135s to be up­graded

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Bab­cock has been awarded a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar con­tract to up­grade the fleet of five Air­bus H135s op­er­ated by electricity sup­plier Western Power Dis­tri­bu­tion’s He­li­copter Unit. The work in­cludes in­stal­la­tion of in­frared sta­bilised cam­era tur­rets, LIDAR laser sur­vey­ing equip­ment, ‘er­gonom­i­cally op­ti­mised’ work­sta­tions in cock­pit and cabin, next-gen­er­a­tion mis­sion sys­tem man­age­ment soft­ware, and touch-screen con­trols that will en­hance ca­pa­bil­ity with­out in­creas­ing work­load.

‘We are cre­at­ing a truly be­spoke so­lu­tion that will see these air­craft per­form crit­i­cal tasks, help­ing WPD man­age the ser­vice they pro­vide through 220,000km of over­head lines and un­der­ground ca­bles,’ says Bab­cock. ‘WPD needs air­craft to per­form highly spe­cific, mis­sion crit­i­cal tasks ¬– par­tic­u­larly mon­i­tor­ing and sur­vey­ing their net­work which cov­ers an area of over 55,500 square kilo­me­tres. We will be in­te­grat­ing a range of next gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies and will be de­liv­er­ing a be­spoke mis­sion sys­tem so­lu­tion that ex­actly meets WPD He­li­copter Unit’s op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments.’

The first H135 is sched­uled to ar­rive at Bab­cock’s Glouces­ter-Staver­ton Air­port fa­cil­ity in July. The five-strong WPD fleet is ex­pected to have been up­graded and fully op­er­a­tional by the end of 2019.

Up­graded H135: 'a truly be­spoke so­lu­tion'

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