The BK117 helicopter was jointly developed by Kawasaki and MBB (Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm) of West Germany (currently AHD (Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH)). In 1982, the two-engine, multipurpose, high-performance helicopter was type approved as the first domestically manufactured helicopter. Designed for a wide range of applications including transport of humans and goods, rescue, patrol and emergency medical services, the helicopter has been delivered to many customers including local governments.
Medical Service Helicopter
Helicopter ambulance services, or so-called “doctor helicopters,” have been launched in succession across Japan, drawing people’s attention to their efficiency and performance. With a roomy cabin space despite its compact external dimensions, the BK117 has been selling briskly and is very popular, particularly with medical staff.
(Photo by Central Helicopter Service)
The BK117 helicopters are used day and night for lifesaving, firefighting and disaster relief activities. They are also used by many of the prefectural police aviation units. The BK117 can ensure the safety of people with a variety of onboard equipment.
(Photo by Kobe City Fire Aviation Unit)
The BK117 helicopters for news reporting applications include those used by newspaper companies for data collection and those equipped with the latest technologies for TV broadcasting. With its excellent flight performance, the BK117 can rush to the scenes of events and capture fresh news.
(Photo by Nishi Nippon Air Lines & Fukuoka Broadcasting Corporation)