Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) has ordered
one new Airbus H225 (pictured) and four Airbus H135 helicopters as part of
its fleet modernisation programme.
Currently operating 12 H135, four H155 and six
AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order,
NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law
enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods transportation,
disaster relief, as well as wide area support.
The five new
helicopters will complement the agency’s law enforcement
capabilities and takes NPA’s Airbus fleet to 30.
“Airbus Helicopters treasures the opportunity to support
Japan’s wide-ranging law enforcement missions for more than 30
years with our light twin, medium and heavy-lift helicopters. We
thank NPA for its continued trust built over the years, and
welcome the agency as a new customer for our Super Puma
helicopters. With an enlarged fleet not just in numbers, but also
in range and capacity, we are fully confident that the new
helicopters will be a timely addition, reinforcing the agency’s
operations,” said Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus
The H135 is a light twin-engine helicopter known for its compact
build, agility, reliability and versatility.
In Japan, H135
operators benefit from the training support offered by Airbus
Helicopters’ Kobe-based H135 full flight simulator centre.
are currently 94 H135 helicopters operating in Japan today. Globally, Airbus has delivered more than 1,375 H135s to about 300
customers, clocking in over 5.4 million flight hours.
The 11-ton twin-turbine H225 is the
latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family that has
accumulated more than 5.7 million flight hours in all-weather
conditions around the world. The H225 can be fitted with various equipment to
suit a variety of roles.
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, VIP, fire-fighting, and heavy-lifting.