Tokyo Metropolitan Police Orders Its Second AW139 Helicopter
AgustaWestland, May 29, 2008 - AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency (TMPA) has signed a contract for its second AW139 medium-twin helicopters in utility configuration.
The TMPA received its first AW139 in March 2006.
The TMPA follow on order confirms the continuing success of the AW139 in the Japanese medium helicopter market and further TMPA orders are expected soon as part of a fleet modernization programme to replace older models that no longer comply with modern safety standards.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police AW139s are equipped with NVG compatible cockpit, search light, loudspeaker, rescue hoist, HD side mounted camera, emergency floats, rappelling kit and other specific mission police equipment.
The AW139 has the roomiest cabin in its class with large sliding doors to enable easy and quick access and egress. The cabin also allows easy configuration changes to meet operational requirements. The AW139 internally and externally accessible baggage compartment of 3.4 m3 is large enough to carry a multitude of mission specific equipment. With a maximum speed of 165 knots (306 kph) and excellent range and endurance the AW139 can be quickly deployed to any crime scene or accident location. The integrated avionic system provides the basis for managing the sensors and comprehensive communications suite required for the law enforcement role.
Numerous law enforcement and public service agencies around the world have chosen the AW139 to fulfil their diverse operational requirements, including Japan Coast Guard, Korean Coast Guard, Chinese Police, Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, Italian Civil Protection, CHC for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Dutch Police, Estonian Border Guard, Queensland Government of Australia, Korean Gangwon Fire Fighting Department and the Nigerian National Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
Almost 350 orders have been placed by nearly 100 customers from almost 40 countries to date, making it the benchmark helicopter in the medium twin category for a number of tasks. Designed with inherent multi-role capability and flexibility of operation, the AW139 can perform many roles including law enforcement, offshore transport, search and rescue, emergency medical service, VIP/corporate transport and military utility missions.
AgustaWestland AW139 JA12MP ( Keisatsu-chō )