​Japan Coast Guard takes delivery of fifth EC225

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has taken delivery of a single Airbus Helicopters EC225 rotorcraft, bringing its total of the type to five.

This is the last delivery from an order for three EC225s placed in July 2011, says Airbus Helicopters.

“With the three additional helicopters, JCG now operates a Super Puma fleet that includes five EC225s and three AS332 L1s,” says Airbus Helicopters.

“The new EC225s are equipped with the most advanced search and rescue mission systems, and will be utilized as well for security enforcement, territorial sea guard duties and anti-disaster operations.”

The most recent delivery replaces an EC225 that was destroyed during the earthquake that devastated eastern Japan in early 2011.

Airbus Helicopters adds that this is the 3,000th rotorcraft delivered from the company’s hangar in Japan since its opening in 1971.