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Japanese military acquires replacement EC225

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.


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

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