JNPA orders another AW139


AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace have announced that the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another AW139 helicopter, which will be operated in the Kagoshima Prefecture.

The new AW139 helicopter be will a fleet replacement for a Bell 412 and will enter service in 2015.

Andrew Symonds, presiden of AgustaWestland Japan, said: “This order represents the 9th Prefecture to operate the AW139 helicopter in a law enforcement role and underpins the strength of AgustaWestland’s products in the extremely competitive law enforcement market where over recent years we have gained significant market share”

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AgustaWestland will have over 40 helicopters operating for Japanese law enforcement agencies, around 40 per cent of the entire Japanese law enforcement fleet. The AgustaWestland products providing this capability include the AW109, GrandNew, AW139 and the AW101.