Service Now Operates 13 Airbus Helicopters SUPER PUMAs
The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has acquired another H225 from Airbus Helicopters, bringing the service’s fleet to 11 plus two AS332 dedicated to security enforcement, territorial coastal activities and disaster relief missions in Japan.
“We are delighted at how our SUPER PUMA helicopters have continued to remain relevant and responsive to the Coast Guard’s operational needs. The fact that JCG’s latest H225 participated in a series of rescue missions immediately upon delivery and rescued 23 people, speaks volumes of our aircraft’s mission-ready performance and availability. This follow-on order also re-affirms the confidence that JCG has in our helicopters. We are certain that the expanded fleet will continue to meet JCG’s exacting requirements. Airbus remains committed to ensuring the fleet’s high availability for all missions,” commented Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan, Guillaume Leprince.
The 11t-category, twin-turbine H225 is the latest member of the Airbus SUPER PUMA family. It is well regarded as a reference in search and rescue operations and relied on by organisations including the Spanish Guard, the Argentine Coast Guard and South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters. Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instruments and precision autopilots, the all-weather capable H225 offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed. It can also be fitted with mission equipment to suit any role.
In Japan alone, a total of 25 aircraft from the SUPER PUMA family are currently flown by civil and para-public operators and by the Ministry of Defence on missions ranging from search and rescue, offshore operations and VIP transport to fire-fighting and passenger or goods transport.