Airbus Helicopters receives H125, H215 orders
Airbus Helicopters Japan has received contracts from Akagi Helicopter and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for the supply of one H125 single-engine helicopter and one H215 twin-engine, heavy lift helicopter, respectively.
The H125 helicopter is expected to join Akagi’s fleet for various transportation missions in June 2018. Akagi Helicopter currently operates two SA315 Lamass and four AS350s.
The new H125 will replace the two SA315s, which have been operating since 1985. These two Lamas are planned for retirement in 2018.
The H125, which is a member of the Ecureuil family, is mainly used for aerial work and high performance missions in high and hot conditions around the world.
Junichi Sakamoto, president of Akagi Helicopter, said: ‘The new helicopter will continue to play an important role of transporting the famous Japanese cedar Yoshino from the mountains.’
Airbus Helicopters will deliver the H215 helicopter to the Tokyo MPD in 2020 before the Tokyo Olympic Games. The rotorcraft is expected to enhance the department’s law enforcement activities.
The helicopter, which is capable of covering the entire Tokyo region, including the Izu islands, will be used for the transport of VIPs, materials, and other support missions. It will also be involved in missions conducted across Japan. The H215 will join the H135 and H155 helicopters supporting the day-to-day patrol and rescue missions in Tokyo.
The H215 is a member of the Super Puma/Cougar rotorcraft family and consists of two versions - one tailored for multi-role operations and the other for aerial work/utility missions.
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