Kawasaki Heavy Industries bk117

Derived from MBB Bk117

Kawasaki Heavy Industries bk117

The Bk117 was a joint development between Kawasaki and German MBB (then Eurocopter, now Airbus). Serial production began in 1983. Kawasaki produced the cabin for all Bk117/EC145/H145 built worldwide (Germany, Japan and USA).

As of May 2019, Kawasaki has delivered 178 Bk117/EC145 helicopters to local and regional customers.

Model News

New Training Center for Kawasaki Bk117/H145 at Gifu, 17-May-19 : #BK117 Kawasaki opened a new training center for Bk117/H145 equipped with the latest technology at Gifu for pilots and mechanics. It will begin to teach courses in English in the near future for foreign students

Airwork NZ Gains STC for BK117 Glass Cockpit, 07-Nov-16 : New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZCAA) granted supplemental type certificate (STC) to Airwork NZ for its BK117 helicopter Genesys electronic flight instrumentation system (EFIS)

First Kawasaki BK117C2 to Japan National Police, 23-Mar-16 : Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivered the first BK117 C-2 (EC145) to the Japan National Police Agency. Will be deployed by the Kanagawa and Chiba Prefectural Polices.

Kawasaki BK117C2 to Ehime Prefecture Fire Department, 16-Mar-16 : Kawasaki delivered a BK117C2 (EC145) helicopter to the Ehime Prefecture to replace an older BK117C1. It is the 13th C2 model to be used for firefighting and disaster relief in Japan

BK117C-2 Firefighting Helicopter to Kobe City, 21-Jan-15 : Kawasaki Heavy Industries announced today that it has delivered a BK117C-2 (EC145) helicopter to Kobe City for firefighting and disaster relief.

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Derivatives & Versions

BK117A-1 1982
BK117A-3 1985
BK117C-2 2002 Eurocopter EC145T1 built in Japan
BK117D-2 2016 The H145 / EC145T2 was originally to be built also in Japan but production never started and was succeeded by the Bk117D3
BK117D-3 2019 Airbus presented a five-bladed main rotor variant of the H145 in 2019

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