In June, Airbus Helicopters signed a contract to provide the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) with three new H225s. This new order will bring the total number of H225s at the JCG’s disposal up to nine by 2020. The JCG had already ordered a sixth H225 in 2016, with delivery planned for 2018. The agreement stipulates that the three H225s will be used in security enforcement, Japanese territorial coastal activities, and for natural disaster relief missions. “The Japan Coast Guard has been operating helicopters from the Super Puma family for 25 years, and this follow-on order illustrates our customer’s confidence in our product,” announced Olivier Tillier, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan. “The H225 is the perfect choice for the JCG’s missions, including search and rescue and coastal island protection, thanks to 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.” Currently operating eight helicopters from the Super Puma family, the JCG first introduced Airbus Helicopters’ AS332 L1 into its fleet in 1992, and subsequently welcomed its first H225 in 2008. With this latest order, the JCG’s Super Puma fleet will grow to eleven units by 2020.

By Frédéric Vergnères

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