Fri, Apr 29, 2011
Aircraft Scheduled For Delivery Late This Year
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency of Japan has signed a
contract for an AW139 medium twin helicopter. This aircraft will be
used to perform fire fighting, emergency medical service, air
rescue and transport missions. The helicopter is due to be
delivered in late 2011 and will enter operational service in spring
2012. This AW139 sale follows an order for the same helicopter type
by the Saitama Prefecture in January 2011 and continues the success
of the AW139 in the Japanese market for fire fighting and disaster
AgustaWestland's Head of Region, NE Asia, Andrew Symonds. said
"We are proud to provide Japan with an additional AW139 helicopter
to support its range of demanding emergency mission requirements.
Thirty AW139s have been ordered by customers in Japan so far,
confirming its position as the most advanced mission capable
helicopter available today in the medium twin class."
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency's AW139 will feature a
very comprehensive mission-dedicated fit including a "belly tank"
fire fighting system, Bambi Bucket, weather radar, search light,
cargo hook, rescue hoist, dual rappelling hooks, loudspeaker
system, ice detector system, snow skis and main rotor blade high
visibility painting. Advanced avionics selected include Satellite
Based Augmentation System (SBAS) capable GPS, Enhanced Vision
System (EVS), Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) and
Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). The AW139 offers
superior safety levels in this role due to its class leading
performance, outstanding one engine inoperative capabilities,
system redundancy and high levels of crashworthiness.
This latest contract further strengthens the presence of the
AW139 in the Japanese helicopter market where 30 have now been
ordered by several customers including the Tokyo Metropolitan
Police Department, Japan Coast Guard, All Nippon Helicopter (NHK),
Kansai TV, Japan National Police Agency, Saitama Prefecture and
Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
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