US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has ordered six additional AS350B3 helicopters under the light enforcement helicopter (LEH) contract with American Eurocopter.

The AS350 has extensive mission equipment options and features a multiple-redundancy system design for safety.

The new order is the second under the multiyear LEH contract that was signed in 2008 with the Department of Homeland Security that may result in orders for a total of 50 AS350B3s.

American Eurocopter president and CEO Marc Paganini said the rotorcraft had proven that it was well suited for the CBP’s surveillance missions and security patrol.

The first helicopter on the LEH contract was delivered in December 2008. To date, 14 aircraft have been delivered.