Japanese Coast Guard orders three H225s

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The Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) has ordered three more H225 helicopters, increasing its H225 fleet to a total of 18 helicopters. The largest Super Puma operator in Japan took delivery of three H225s in December 2023 and one in February 2024 for its growing fleet. The new helicopters will support territorial coastal activities, maritime law enforcement and domestic disaster relief.

“The Japan Coast Guard has been an active operator of Super Puma family helicopters for three decades. This follow-up order demonstrates the customer’s trust in our products and dedicated support for their fleet,” said Jean-Luc Alfonsi, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan. “We believe the H225’s versatility in all weather conditions makes it the perfect choice for JCG’s critical law enforcement, coastal and island defense missions. We are committed to comprehensively supporting the existing fleet and upcoming deliveries and ensuring high availability for operations.

JCG's H225 fleet is covered by Airbus' highly adaptable HCare Smart program with hourly material support. This tailored fleet availability program allows the National Coast Guard to focus on its flight operations while Airbus manages its assets.

As the latest member of the Super Puma family, the H225 is known for its high performance in difficult conditions as well as its excellent range and payload capacity. The H225 has benefited from Airbus Helicopters' continuous improvement policy. It is now equipped with new avionics, which include the largest screens available on the market and an innovative interface that, combined with the renowned autopilot, reduces the pilot's workload and allows him to concentrate on the mission at hand. 

The H225 offers the industry's best range, speed, payload and reliability in the 11 tonne twin-engine rotorcraft category and features excellent endurance and high cruise speed. 24 H225s are currently used in Japan by the Japanese Ministry of Defense or parastatal operators for various search and rescue missions, VIP operations, firefighting, and passenger and cargo transport.