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Maryland's New State Police Chopper?

Snaab

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I live in Maryland and love hearing and seeing the State Police's Dauphins fly around the state. Seems like a great helicopter, and I've heard great things about them. About 2 years ago, the state of Maryland solicited bids to begin replacing/refurbishing the Dauphin fleet (their ages vary). Apparently, Agusta won the bid (they were the only ones to submit one) and will deliver AW139s in about 2 years from now.

Can anyone compare/contrast the Dauphin and the AW139? (If this sale goes forward, I'll definitely miss hearing the neat and unique Dauphin). Thanks!
 
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