The National Police Agency of Japan acquires four new helicopters

  • 12-Jun-2013 01:18 EDT
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Versatile for multi-mission use and well-known for its low vibration and quietness thanks to Eurocopter’s Fenestron tail rotor, the EC155 B1 has a cabin that can accommodate up to 15 persons (2 pilots + 13 passengers) comfortably.

Eurocopter Japan recently signed contracts with Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) for a total of four helicopters. Comprising two medium-class and two twin-engine light helicopters, the new acquisitions will be deployed to Hyogo Prefectural Police (EC155 B1), Hiroshima Prefectural Police (AS365 N3+), Osaka Prefectural Police (EC135 P2e), and Fukuoka Prefectural Police (EC135 P2e), as replacements for aging aircraft in the respective fleets. The brand new EC155 B1 from Eurocopter’s Dauphin family will be the NPA’s first acquisition of this helicopter type. Incidentally, it is also the first Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft to be operated by Hyogo Prefectural Police, with delivery planned for 2015. Hiroshima Prefectural Police’s AS365 N3+ will also be delivered in 2015; while Osaka and Fukuoka will receive their EC135 P2e in 2014. The ability to meet varying customer needs with a wide range of products, coupled with the availability of a total-support system in the country, have enabled Eurocopter Japan to increase its market share in the law enforcement sector over the years. NPA is currently operating a fleet of 29 Eurocopter light-twin and medium-class helicopters across the country, used for police activities including crime-prevention, investigative search and security patrols, as well as other public service missions such as life-saving operations and transportation.


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