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National Police Agency Japan Orders Two H135s, Receives Two Dauphin Family Helicopters
 
The National Police Agency of Japan has placed an order for two H135 light-twin helicopters, making it the first in Japan to operate the Helionix (avionics system)-equipped helicopters, which is scheduled to be delivered by 2019.

The H135 will be deployed by the Wakayama Prefectural Police and the Kumamoto Prefectural Police for law enforcement missions. At the same time, the AS365 N3+ and H155 which were earlier ordered in 2015, have been delivered to the National Police Agency in December last year. The same has been deployed by the Fukuoka Prefectural Police and the Kagawa Prefectural Police respectively.

“We are extremely honoured by the National Police Agency’s continued vote of confidence, becoming the launch customer of the Helionix-equipped H135 in Japan. It is also a great pleasure to deliver the two Dauphin family aircraft to our long-standing customer”, said Olivier Tillier, managing director, Airbus Helicopters Japan.

“We are certain that the high-performance H135 is the perfect choice for the Agency, with the fleet contributing greatly to a wide range of law enforcement missions. We will continue to deliver the fullest support to meet our customers’ requirements,” he added.

The new H135 is equipped with Airbus Helicopters’ innovative cockpit suite and new avionics system which will offer increased mission flexibility and safety to the operators. Installed with the modern 4-axis autopilot, the pilots will be benefited from a significant reduction of workload, while being assured of an unrivalled level of safety derived from the enhanced features on board.

H135 is a notable aircraft in the category of light, twin-engine, multi-purpose helicopters. It can be used for a variety of missions, ranging from emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement, VIP and business passenger transport, and military training. There are 86 H135s currently operating in Japan, of which 10 are deployed by the Japanese police agencies. Globally, close to 1,200 H135 helicopters are in service, clocking in over three million flight hours.

 
 


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