Airbus Helicopters Japan announced on March 2 that it has delivered an EC225LP to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG). It was acquired as replacement for an AS332L1 that was destroyed at Sendai Airport on March 11, 2011, during the Great East Japan Earthquake. This is the last of three EC225s ordered by JCG in July 2011. Tthe earlier two were delivered last year.
With the three additional helicopters, JCG now operates a Super Puma fleet that includes five EC225s and three AS332 L1s. The new EC225s are equipped with advanced search and rescue mission systems and will also be utilized for security enforcement, territorial sea guard duties and anti-disaster operations.
“We are very honoured that our helicopters are operated by JCG, one of the world’s leading maritime security organizations, and contributing to life-saving and enforcement missions,” said Stephane Ginoux, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Japan. “This handover is especially significant, as it is the 3,000th rotorcraft to be delivered since we commenced operations in 1971, marking a new milestone in the history of Airbus Helicopters in Japan.”
A total of 23 Super Puma family helicopters are operating in Japan, utilized by both civil and military users in search and rescue, offshore operations and passenger transport. Alan Warnes