AgustaWestland has signed a deal with Japan's Hiroshima Prefecture for an AW139 helicopter for use in fire fighting and disaster relief operations.

This is the 30th AW139 sold in the Japanese market, said Agusta­Westland.

The helicopter will enter service in 2012. It will be equipped with a belly tank fire fighting system, a "bambi bucket" that can drop water, weather radar, searchlight, and other systems tailored to its primary missions.

AgustaWestland opened a Tokyo office in 2008 to market its helicopters in Japan.

Source: Flight International