Eurocopter delivers new AS365 helicopter to Japan

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency takes delivery of a new AS365 N3 helicopter for the Miyagi Prefecture.

Eurocopter delivered the third AS365 N3 helicopter to be received and operated by the Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency. The new aircraft is a replacement for a BK117 helicopter damaged in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and has been deployed to the Miyagi Prefectural Government for use in fire-fighting, disaster prevention, emergency medical transport and rescue missions.

“In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, disaster relief and reconstruction works were greatly assisted by the use of helicopters,” said Stephane Ginoux, president and CEO of Eurocopter Japan. “The addition of the highly efficient AS365 N3 will enhance the capabilities of the Miyagi Prefectural Government in managing on-going works and future requirements. We are committed to continue providing our full support to our customers working under such difficult conditions.”

Terry Spruce

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