The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of three additional H225 long-range heavy helicopters. This new order will bring the JCG’s total H225 fleet to nine units by February 2020. The JCG already placed an order for a sixth H225 in 2016, which will be delivered in 2018.
Under the agreement, the three H225 helicopters will be used for security enforcement, Japanese territorial coastal activities, as well as disaster relief missions.
“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”, said Olivier Tillier, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan. “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.”
The JCG first introduced Airbus Helicopters’ AS332 L1 into its fleet in 1992, and received its first H225 in 2008. With this latest order, the JCG’s Super Puma fleet will eventually grow to eleven units by 2020.
The H225, the latest member of Super Puma family, is an 11-ton-category rotorcraft powered by two Turbomeca Makila 2A turboshaft engines. It has a sturdy five-blade main rotor and Spheriflex rotor head. It is equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instruments and autopilot system and can be fitted with various equipment to suit any role. It can accommodate up to 19 passengers. The H225 offers long range and fast cruise speeds, along with flight endurance that exceeds 5.5 hours.
Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family has accumulated more than 5.25 million flight hours during operations around the world and in all weather conditions, including highly challenging maritime environments.
A total of 25 helicopters from the Super Puma family are currently flown by civil, parapublic and military operators in Japan for various search and rescue (SAR) missions, offshore operations, VIP transport, fire-fighting, and, passenger and cargo transportation.