Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of an additional H225. JCG, which operates five H225s, ordered this additional aircraft as part of its fleet renewal plans. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018.
The new H225 will be equipped with the most advanced search and rescue mission systems and operated in security enforcement, territorial sea guard duties as well as disaster relief missions. The former two items are serious challenges for the JCG. North Korea, for example, is a source of frequent tension.
The H225 is a member of the Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family. It is an 11-ton-category twin-turbine aircraft which accommodates up to 19 passengers. Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instruments and autopilot, the H225 offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed and can be fitted with various equipment to suit any role and purpose. Currently, more than 180 H225s are operating in 22 countries and have logged nearly 500,000 hours of flight time.