11-Dec-2014 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police has placed an order for an additional AW139 intermediate twin helicopter. The aircraft is expected to enter service in 2016. This latest contract brings to 4 the number of AW139s purchased by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police and expands the AgustaWestland law enforcement helicopter fleet in Japan.More than 40 AgustaWestland helicopters have been ordered so far to perform law enforcement missions including the AW139, the AW109 series and the AW101 helicopter types.
This AW139 will feature a comprehensive law enforcement and public utility configuration which will include Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning and TCAS systems, the Breeze hoist, Nitesun II search light, and the fast roping / rappelling kit. In addition provisions are also included for for the Cineflex camera and iridium satellite antenna.
With more than 40 units already in service, the AW139 is proving to be extremely successful in Japan performing a wide range of public utility roles including search and rescue and maritime patrol duties with the Japan Coast Guard, law enforcement operations with a number of prefectures, firefighting and disaster relief roles also with the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, as well as several prefectures and city authorities. . All Nippon Helicopter (NHK) and Kansai TV have chosen the AW139 to carry out Electronic News Gathering (ENG) missions across the nation.
With orders for over 800AW139 aircraft in more than 70 countries covering over 200 customers and with 700 aircraft already in service, the AW139 is the best-selling intermediate weight class twin-engine helicopter in the world.
AgustaWestland’s success in the Japanese helicopter market continues to grow with strong sales in recent years across its complete commercial product range. AgustaWestland Japan’s headquarters, located in Tokyo, has been supporting the company’s growing business in Japan since 2008. The helicopter fleet in Japan is also supported by four official service centers which provide maintenance and repair services, confirming AgustaWestland’s commitment to current and future rotorcraft requirements in Japan.