The Japan Coast Guard has ordered another H225 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters, bringing its fleet of H225 aircraft to ten units.
JCG currently operates three AS332s and five H225s, both from the Super Puma family.
With this new order, the coast guard’s Super Puma fleet will grow to 13 units by March 2021, according to Airbus Helicopters.
The new H225 will join the rest of the fleet in security enforcement, territorial coastal activities, as well as disaster relief missions in Japan.
“We are honoured by the renewed H225 order from our customer of over 25 years, as it bears testament to the quality of our long-standing partnership and our customer’s full trust in Airbus’ products and support,” said Olivier Tillier, managing director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan. “The Airbus Helicopters team in Japan remains committed in our support to ensure continued availability of the fleet.”
The 11-ton-category twin-turbine H225 accommodates up to 19 passengers. In Japan, a total of 21 helicopters from the Super Puma family are currently flown by civil, parapublic operators and Japan’s Ministry of Defense for various search and rescue missions, offshore operations, VIP, fire-fighting, and passenger and goods transportation.