Japan Coast Guard adds three more H225 helicopters to its fleet
Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has contracted Airbus Helicopters for three additional H225 helicopters.
The latest addition will increase the total number of H225s in JCG’s fleet to nine by February 2020.
JCG will receive the sixth H225 in 2018 under an order placed in 2016.
Airbus Helicopters Japan managing director Olivier Tillier said: “The Japan Coast Guard has been operating helicopters from the Super Puma family for 25 years, and this H225 follow-on order illustrates our customer’s confidence in our product and the dedicated support we have provided to the team over the years.
“The H225 is the perfect choice for JCG’s missions including search and rescue, and coastal and islands protection, given its versatility in all weather conditions. The Airbus Helicopters team in Japan will continue to render our utmost support to guarantee the continued availability of our customer’s H225 fleet.”
JCG will use the three new H225 helicopters for security enforcement, Japanese territorial coastal activities, as well as disaster relief missions.
The H225, which belongs to Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family, is an 11-tonne-category twin-turbine rotorcraft that can accommodate up to 19 passengers.
Equipped with advanced electronic instruments and autopilot system, the H225 may be fitted with various equipment to suit any role, Airbus stated.
Nearly 25 helicopters from the Super Puma family are currently used by Japanese Ministry of Defense and the country’s civil, parapublic operators for various search and rescue missions, offshore operations, VIP, fire-fighting, and passenger and goods transportation.
Image: JCG will use the three new H225 helicopters for security enforcement, Japanese territorial coastal activities, as well as disaster relief missions. Photo: courtesy of © Airbus S.A.S.