AgustaWestland2014-04-15 11:21:25

Japan National Police Agency Orders Another AW139 for Law Enforcement in Kagoshima Prefecture

AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace announced that the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another AW139 intermediate twin helicopter which will be operated in the Kagoshima Prefecture. The AW139 helicopter will replace an ageing Bell 412 model and will enter service in 2015.

The helicopter has been ordered with a law enforcement configuration that includes rescue hoist, search light, auxiliary tank and dedicated avionic systems such as an Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System and Enhanced Vision System.

The Kagoshima order increases the number of AgustaWestland helicopters performing law enforcement operations throughout Japanese prefectures to over 40, which represents 40% of the law enforcement market. The AgustaWestland products providing this capability include the AW109, GrandNew, AW139 and the AW101.

The AW139 has proven extremely successful in Japan performing a number of roles including search and rescue and coast guard duties, firefighting, disaster relief and electronic news gathering with a number of operators.

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