A helicopter easily overcomes these limitations. From their airborne vantage point, helicopters can maintain longer unrestricted lines of sight. They can hover or fly slowly over an area where a suspect is believed to be traveling on foot. When necessary, helicopters can fly in excess of 100 miles per hour to maintain contact with a fleeing vehicle without putting civilians at risk. This maneuverability lowers the agency’s potential liability.
In addition to patrol and incident response activities, a helicopter with the right equipment greatly expands a law enforcement agency’s special operations capability. Made from lightweight aircraft aluminum, the Tyler Tactical Special Operations Platform (TSOP) provides improved mission safety and effectiveness in high-risk situations. The two externally mounted platforms are equipped with anchor points for seatbelts or safety harnesses. As a result, officers no longer have to ride the skids when a helicopter transports or deploys SWAT, dive team or emergency evacuation personnel. In addition to the FBI, LAPD and U.S. Border Patrol, the TSOP is the special operations platform of choice for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Policia de Chile.
The helicopter platform makes it easier and safer for officers to transfer individuals who require assistance inside the helicopter during a search and rescue or evacuation operation. The special helicopter platform enables the external transport of officers and equipment that are too bulky to fit inside the cabin of a smaller aircraft. The special operations platform can be configured to support fast-rope capabilities with the use of Tyler’s innovative Fast-Rope Hook for quicker insertion of tactical squads using the preexisting rescue hoist attachment points on the helicopter framework. The TSOP is designed to quickly attach to an aircraft without the need to make modifications to an existing helicopter framework using quick connect clamps.
The helicopter platforms do not affect the helicopter’s flight characteristics. They are specifically designed to offer police and other law enforcement agencies the most aerodynamic and accessible helicopter framework whether they are in mission configuration or a locked-down and stowed position. The TSOP is ideal for emergency response situations when time is of the essence. The user-friendly installation limits aircraft downtime while maximizing the helicopter’s time on station, which saves money in a tight budgetary environment. This makes the use of a helicopter more cost effective in a variety of emergency scenarios.