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Japan Coast Guard adds three H-225 helicopters

Its total aircraft fleet up to 18 units

 Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has placed an additional order for three H-225 helicopters, taking its total aircraft fleet up to 18. The largest "Super Puma" operator in Japan received three ones in December 2023 and one in February 2024 for its growing fleet. The new helicopters will support territorial coastal activities, maritime law enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in the country.

JCG’s H-225 fleet is covered by Airbus’ highly adaptive HCare Smart full-by-the-hour material support. This customised fleet availability programme allows the national coast guard agency to focus on its flight operations whilst Airbus manages its assets.

As the latest addition to the "Super Puma" family, the H-225 is recognised for its performance in challenging conditions as well as its range and payload capacity. The model has benefited from Airbus Helicopters’ continuous improvement policy. It is now equipped with new avionics including the largest screens available on the market and an innovative interface that, combined with its autopilot, reduces his workload and enables them to focus on the mission at hand.

The aircraft in the 11-ton-category twin-engine rotorcraft can be fitted with various equipment to suit a variety of roles.

24 H-225s are currently flown in Japan by Japan’s Ministry of Defence or parapublic operators for various Search and Rescue missions, VIP, fire-fighting, as well as passenger and goods transportation.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency