Japan Coast Guard orders new EC225 helicopters


JCG adds to fleet with new Eurocopter EC225 after earthquake and tsunami

Japan Coast Guard Eurocopter EC225The Japanese Coast Guard has ordered
replacement EC225 helicopters after many of the fleet were lost in the March
earthquake and tsunami. The acquisition will replenish the fleet with new
aircraft that have the technology and capability to carry out complex search
and rescue (SAR) as well as anti-piracy missions.

“We are very proud to have our
helicopters contributing to saving lives every day in Japan,” said Eurocopter
president and chief executive officer Lutz Bertling. “The Eurocopter Japan
team, which provided round-the-clock support to their customers after the
Tohoku tragedy, remains totally committed to ensure that the helicopter missions
can be performed in the best and safest conditions.”

The Japan Coast Guard initially purchased two EC225s in 2006 through an open
tender, complementing their AS332 L1 fleet for long range all-weather SAR
missions as well as for ship-borne operations.

“The decision by the Japan Coast Guard to
acquire additional EC225s this year was taken in view of its new assignment for
anti-piracy missions, while also taking into account the outstanding
performance of their existing EC225 helicopters, which have been used
intensively since delivery, as demonstrated during the disaster relief
operations,” explained Stéphane Ginoux, president and chief executive officer
of Eurocopter Japan. “Together, the service’s EC225 and AS332 L1 fleet will be
able to continue serving the country and saving lives under severe

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