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New AS365 N3 helicopter delivered to Japan’s FDMA

7th August 2013 - 14:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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A new AS365 N3 helicopter has been delivered by Eurocopter to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) for operations in Miyagi Prefecture. The new aircraft is the third of its type for the FDMA, and is a replacement for the agency’s BK117 C-2 which was damaged during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

The aircraft has already begun operations with the FDMA. Its operational duties include use in fire-fighting, disaster prevention, emergency medical transport and rescue missions. In the event of a large-scale national disaster, it will be dispatched to disaster areas throughout Japan under FDMA’s direction, to gather information and conduct rescue activities.

Stephane Ginoux, president & CEO, Eurocopter Japan, said: ‘In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, disaster relief and reconstruction works were greatly assisted by the use of helicopters.

‘The addition of the highly efficient AS365 N3 will enhance the capabilities of the Miyagi Prefectural Government in managing on-going works and future requirements. We are committed to continue providing our full support to our customers working under such difficult conditions.’

The 4.5-ton AS365 N3 is part of Eurocopter’s Dauphin family, and has been selected by fire-fighting services, disaster relief organisations, police agencies as well as news media in Japan and around the world. Currently, more than 50 AS365s are operated in Japan.

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