Okayama City Orders Kawasaki BK117C-2 Firefighting Helicopter

Jan. 22, 2014

Kawasaki BK117C-2 helicopter

Tokyo, January 22, 2014 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that the Okayama municipal government has signed a deal for its latest Kawasaki BK117C-2 helicopter. It is the tenth C-2 model to be used for firefighting and disaster relief. The new helicopter is scheduled to replace an existing firefighting helicopter deployed by the Okayama Fire Department Aviation Unit.

The Kawasaki BK117 helicopter was developed jointly by Kawasaki and European helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters, formerly Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB). The BK117 is a medium-sized twin-engine multi-purpose helicopter that is used for a wide range of applications including broadcasting, transporting cargo and passengers, fighting fires, police work, emergency medical services and more. The large clamshell doors at the rear of the BK117 facilitate the quick transfer of stretchers and other equipment in and out of the helicopter. Its spacious cabin, compact body and superior mobility have earned the BK117 high marks around the world for uses in firefighting, disaster relief and emergency medical services.

Since its market debut in 1983, the BK117 has undergone continuous improvements making it the bestselling model in the world. Kawasaki’s outstanding technological know-how and proven track record have resulted in orders for 162 helicopters as of January 20, 2014. Together with those delivered by Airbus Helicopters, there are over 1,000 in use around the globe.

Kawasaki continues to maintain its competitive edge with proven superior technological capabilities and outstanding customer services as it actively markets its BK117C-2 helicopters.

Specifications of Kawasaki BK117C-2 helicopter
Length: 13.03 m
Width: 1.73 m (body)
Capacity: 11 (maximum number of seats)
Maximum load: 3,585 kg
Cruise speed: 246 km/h
Cruise range: 675 km (standard tank)
Major equipment: automatic pilot system, rescue winch, satellite phone system, etc.


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