Airbus Helicopters today announced an order from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for three additional H225 helicopters. The latest purchase will increase the JCG H225 fleet to nine aircraft.
The latest deal follows a previous JCG order for a sixth H225 in 2016, which will be delivered in 2018. Deliveries of the three new aircraft will be complete by February 2020.
The JCG employs its H225 helicopters 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,” Tillier added.
The JCG first introduced the AS332L1 Super Puma into its fleet in 1992, and subsequently added its first H225 in 2008.