Subaru and Bell Helicopter have clinched their first customer for the Subaru Bell 412EPX helicopter, with the Japan National Police Agency placing an order for one helicopter.

The 412EPX is the latest commercial variant of the Bell 412 helicopter, incorporating new technologies developed by Subaru.

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Improvements made to the 412EPX include a more robust main rotor gearbox dry run capability, increased internal maximum gross weight to 12,200lbs (5,533kg), and a better mast torque output.

"We are honored that Subaru received the world’s first order for the Subaru Bell 412EPX by the Japanese National Police Agency. We thank Bell for its great cooperation and, together, we are committed to delivering the highest quality Subaru Bell 412EPX to the National Police Agency,”

A model of the 412EPX made an appearance at the Rotorcraft Asia show in April. Subaru said then there were several possible applications for the type in the Southeast Asia region, including offshore oilfield support, emergency medical services, search and rescue, and firefighting.