Japan National Police Agency orders two more AW139s
March 7, 2013, Las Vegas, Nv. - AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce the award of a contract by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to supply two AW139 twin engine helicopters which will be operated by the Hokkaido and Fukushima prefecture police.
By Carey Fredericks
This latest order brings the number of AW139 helicopters ordered by customers in Japan in excess of 40.
AgustaWestland’s Head of Region, NE Asia, Andrew Symonds said “I am delighted the AW139 is successfully serving the JNPA and that they have selected the aircraft again for its requirements in Hokkaido and Fukushima. With no other helicopter in its class offering the same levels of safety and performance the AW139 has been welcomed widely by customers in Japan and elsewhere in the world.”
The AW139 has proven extremely successful in Japan performing a number of roles including search and rescue and coast guard duties, law enforcement, fire fighting, disaster relief and electronic news gathering. The Japan Coast Guard has placed orders for 18 AW139s so far. The AW139 has also become the platform of choice for public utility roles such as law enforcement, fire fighting and disaster relief with the Japan National Police Agency, Tokyo Metropolitan Police and Fire and Disaster Management Agency as well as several prefectures and city authorities introducing the type into service. All Nippon Helicopter (NHK) and Kansai TV have chosen the AW139 to carry out Electronic News Gathering (ENG) missions across the nation.