Ja­pan ac­quires four new helicopters from Euro­copter


Euro­copter Ja­pan re­cently signed con­tracts with Ja­pan's National Po­lice Agency for a to­tal of four helicopters. Com­pris­ing two medium-class and two twin-engine light helicopters, the new ac­qui­si­tions will be de­ployed to Hyogo Pre­fec­tural Po­lice (EC155 B1), Hiroshima Pre­fec­tural Po­lice (AS365 N3+), Osaka Pre­fec­tural Po­lice (EC135 P2e) and Fukuoka Pre­fec­tural Po­lice (EC135 P2e), as re­place­ments for age­ing air­craft in the re­spec­tive fleets.

The brand new EC155 B1 from Euro­copter's Dauphin fam­ily will be the National Po­lice Agency's (NPA) first ac­qui­si­tion of this he­li­copter type. In­ci­den­tally, it is also the first Euro­copter ro­tarywing air­craft to be op­er­ated by Hyogo Pre­fec­tural Po­lice, with de­liv­ery planned for 2015. Hiroshima Pre­fec­tural Po­lice's AS365 N3+ will also be de­liv­ered in 2015; while Osaka and Fukuoka will re­ceive their EC135 P2e in 2014.

The abil­ity to meet vary­ing cus­tomer needs with a wide range of prod­ucts, cou­pled with the avail­abil­ity of a to­tal sup­port sys­tem in the coun­try, have en­abled Euro­copter Ja­pan to in­crease its mar­ket share in the law en­force­ment sec­tor over the years. NPA is cur­rently op­er­at­ing a fleet of 29 Euro­copter light-twin and medium-class helicopters across the coun­try, used for po­lice ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing crime-preven­tion, in­ves­tiga­tive search and se­cu­rity pa­trols.

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