The city unveiled its new Airbus H-125 chopper on Monday. It will replace the previous 18-year-old one that couldn’t take off in extreme heat. The technology was also dated.
The new helicopter can be used at almost all times, gives a clear picture of license plates for chases, and even provides a live feed to police on the ground.
“For us, this symbolizes the need for us to modernize our police department, and at least we’re doing something very significant in getting a helicopter that’s going to effectively and adequately help support public safety in Albuquerque,” Mayor Tim Keller said.
City council approved the funding for the $5.5 million helicopter.