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New orders from Japan for Leonardo

18th October 2017 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo has secured new orders for AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters in firefighting configuration for customers in Japan, the company announced on 16 October.

Leonardo and its Japanese distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace have signed contracts with the Yamaguchi Prefecture Fire Fighting and Disaster Relief Agency to deliver one AW169. One AW139 will also be delivered to both the Shizuoka Prefecture and the Fukushima Prefecture Fire Fighting and Disaster Relief Agency.

All aircraft are expected to enter service between 2019 and 2020 replacing older helicopter types.

The new helicopters will be fitted with firefighting equipment including bambi bucket, rescue hoist and searchlight along with customer-specific equipment.

The Tokyo Fire Department AW189 features 19 seats, dual hoist and extended range auxiliary fuel tank for longer missions to remote islands.

The AW139 for the Shizuoka Prefecture Fire Fighting and Disaster Relief Agency will be deployed for rescue operations around Mount Fuji and will also be equipped with a belly tank and a gyro-stabilised camera system with microwave downlink known as Heli-TV.

The AW139 for Fukushima Prefecture will also be equipped with snow skis; while the Yamaguchi Prefecture Fire Fighting and Disaster Relief Agency AW169 will benefit from the full glass cockpit with four axis auto-pilot and Heli-TV system.

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