Kawasaki Delivers Two BK117 C-2 Helicopters to the National Police Agency

Mar. 23, 2016

BK117 C-2 for the Kanagawa Prefectural Police Headquarters BK117 C-2 for the Chiba Prefectural Police Headquarters

Tokyo, March 23, 2016 ― Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it has delivered two BK117 C-2 helicopters to the National Police Agency. These will be the first C-2 helicopters used by the National Police Agency. The new helicopters are scheduled to replace existing helicopters deployed by the Kanagawa Prefectural Police Headquarters and the Chiba Prefectural Police Headquarters.

Developed jointly by Kawasaki and European helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters, formerly Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB), the Kawasaki BK117 is a medium-sized twin-engine multi-purpose helicopter and is the first domestically manufactured commercial helicopter to have been granted type certification. 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 police services, firefighting, disaster relief and emergency medical services, and broadcasting.

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 170 helicopters delivered as of March 23, 2016. Together with those delivered by Airbus Helicopters, there are over 1,200 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 BK117 C-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: 700 km (standard tank)
Major equipment: automatic pilot system, rescue winch, GPS map display unit, etc.


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