author Jean-lLouis Espes
Japan Defense Agency received first EC225 in VIP configuration for the Japanese Emperor’s Royal Flight Service.
Eurocopter/EuroHeli has delivered to Japan Defense Agency (JDA), on 29th of March, the first EC225 in VIP configuration for the transport of the Japanese Emperor, Prime Minister and state guests. It may also operate for the transportation of high-ranked officials in case of disaster. This procurement is to replace its fleet of the current AS332L which had been acquired 20 years ago. Another two EC225s were signed on 10th of March by JDA to replace AS332L before the G8 summit in Japan in 2008. It was the first time for Eurocopter / EuroHeli to have signed through sole-source tender with JDA. We regard it as an opportunity to forge the firm relationship with JDA. The EC225, the latest twin-engine, mid-range Super Puma helicopter (11 metric ton class) was specially developed for passenger transport missions -in particular for offshore and VIP, but also for public service missions such as Search and Rescue (SAR). Some of the new features on the EC 225 are its new main rotor system, new Turbomeca Makila 2A turbine engines with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control), a reinforced main gearbox and an integrated display and piloting system. Eurocopter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of € 34.2 billion and employed a workforce of about 113.000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.