Kawasaki Receives Order for BK117 C-2 Helicopter to Be Used by Tohoku Air Service

Jun. 22, 2020

Tokyo, June 22, 2020 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the receipt of an order for one of its BK117 C-2 helicopters (hereafter, "BK117") by Mizuho Leasing Company, Limited. The helicopter will be leased by Mizuho Leasing to Tohoku Air Service, Inc., which plans to utilize it for patrols of electric power facilities and also for emergency medical services.

Developed jointly by Kawasaki and European helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters, the BK117 is the first domestically manufactured medium-sized, twin-engine helicopter to have been granted type certification.

One unique feature of the BK117 is its large clamshell doors at the rear which enable easy loading and unloading of stretchers, equipment and so forth. Furthermore, it has a spacious cabin, compact overall design, and excellent safety performance and mobility, which have earned this helicopter high marks. In addition to emergency medical services, the BK117 is used around the world in a wide range of other applications including personnel and cargo transport, law enforcement, firefighting, disaster relief and broadcasting.

Following delivery of the first model in 1983, this helicopter has been continually improved over the years, and thanks to the aircraft's outstanding technological strengths and high reliability, Kawasaki has successfully delivered 179 units as of June 22, 2020, and more than 1,600 worldwide with deliveries of Airbus Helicopters combined.

Kawasaki will continue to improve the BK117 helicopter, including the development of new optional equipment for various applications. Kawasaki will pursue further business opportunities around the world, taking advantage of the strong customer trust fostered through past deliveries, as well as the company's comprehensive customer support system encompassing everything from development to manufacturing, sales and after-sales services.

Specifications of Kawasaki BK117C-2 helicopter
Length 13.03 m
Width 1.73 m (body)
Height 3.96 m
Capacity 11 (maximum number of seats)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 3,585 kg
Cruise speed 246 km/h
Cruising Range  675 km (standard tank)
Major equipment EMS kit* and others

*    The emergency medical services (EMS) kit includes unique medevac features like a special cabin floor, a stretcher, seats for a doctor, nurse as well as a friend or family member of the patient, a wall-mounted rack for medical supplies, ceiling and wall rails, a forward-mounted medical cabinet, lights, plus a dedicated power supply unit for medical equipment.


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