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Japan Coast Guard orders two more Super Puma helicopters

Japan Coast Guard Super Puma helicopter
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The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has ordered an additional two H225 helicopters from Airbus, the company announced on April 6.

According to the company, the follow-on order brings JCG’s Super Puma fleet to 15, comprising two AS332s and 13 H225s. The new helicopters will be used for territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in Japan.

The JCG’s H225s are covered by Airbus’ HCare Smart full-by-the-hour material support. This customised fleet availability programme allows JCG to focus on its flight operations whilst Airbus manages its assets.

“We have delivered three new H225 to JCG in the recent months, within schedule, and are committed to fully supporting its existing fleet, as well as its upcoming deliveries, ensuring high availability for its operations,” said Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan.

The 11-ton-category, twin-engine H225 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family.

In Japan alone, a total of 28 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.