Japanese military acquires replacement EC225

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Japan's Ministry of Defense will acquire a single Eurocopter EC225 helicopter to replace an EC225 damaged in the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.

"(The ministry) had a fleet of three EC225s, but one of them was submerged during the earthquake and tsunami," said Eurocopter in a statement. "The procurement of the new 11-ton helicopter is meant as a replacement for the damaged aircraft."

The helicopter will be used in the passenger transportation role. It will be delivered in February 2015.

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Eurocopter has also sold the EC225 to the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo Fire Department.