The Japan Ministry of Defence recently signed a contract with Eurocopter to acquire an EC225, a heavy twin-engine helicopter from Eurocopter’s Super Puma family. It had a fleet of three EC225s, and one of which submerged during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The procurement of the new 11-tonne helicopter is meant as a replacement for the damaged aircraft. The EC225 for the Ministry of Defence will be delivered in February 2015.
Offering high cruise speed, longrange coverage and high level of comfort thanks to the spacious cabin and low vibration, this aircraft is popularly used for passenger transportation and search and rescue missions all over the world.
“The strength of the EC225 was clearly demonstrated during the disaster relief efforts, which was very much appreciated by our customers,” said Stephane Ginoux, President & CEO of Eurocopter Japan. “Recent procurements of this model by the Japan Coast Guard, Tokyo Fire Department, and now the Ministry of Defence, have given great recognition to the capability of the EC225. Eurocopter Japan will also continue to provide efficient services to ensure undisrupted operations for our customers.”