Kawasaki Receives Order from Central Helicopter Service for Newest-model H145//BK117 D-3 Helicopter

Sep. 05, 2022

Tokyo, September 5, 2022 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today its receipt of an order for its latest-model helicopter, the H145//BK117 D-3 (“D-3”), from Central Helicopter Service, Ltd. This is the third D-3 to be ordered by the same company, and as with the first and second order it is intended for use in emergency medical services. Kawasaki has received 14 D-3 orders overall.

The D-3 is an improved version of the BK117 D-2 (“D-2”). It preserves the advantages and features of the D-2, which include a spacious cabin with an entirely flat floor, clamshell-type cargo doors at the rear that provide excellent application versatility, improved high-altitude hovering performance, greater noise reduction, and the latest avionics (electronic systems) to reduce demands on the pilot. It also features a new main rotor system (five-blade main rotor) that provides the following performance improvements.

  1. Increase of useful load weight by approximately 150 kg:
    Maximum Takeoff Weight* was increased by approximately 100 kg, and the total empty weight was reduced by approximately 50kg, increasing the useful load of the D-3 by approximately 150 kg.
  2. Reduction of maintenance period by approximately 50%:
    A contribution of fewer inspection items and intervals, the adoption of a modern, easy-to-maintain main rotor system.

The BK117 is a medium-sized, twin-engine helicopter jointly developed through international collaboration with the European helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters and used for various purposes, including emergency medical services, firefighting, disaster relief, law enforcement, broadcasting, and personnel and cargo transport. Following delivery of the first model in 1983, the BK117 has been continually improved over the years, and thanks to the aircraft's outstanding technological strengths and high reliability, Kawasaki has successfully delivered 187 units as of September 5, 2022, and more than 1,700 worldwide with deliveries of Airbus Helicopters combined.

Moving forward, Kawasaki will continue making performance improvements to the BK117, and developing new equipment and components for various applications. Furthermore, Kawasaki will leverage the strong customer trust fostered through successful deliveries in the past, as well as the company's comprehensive customer support system encompassing everything from development to manufacturing, sales and after-sales services, in the pursuit of further business around the world.

Specifications for the H145//BK117 D-3 Helicopter
Length 13.54 m
Width 1.73 m (body)
Height 4.00 m
Capacity 10 (standard number of seats)
12 (maximum number of seats)
Maximum Take-Off Weight 3,800 kg
Maximum speed Approx. 263 km/h (maximum load, 5,000-foot altitude)
Cruising Range  722 km (standard tank, maximum load, 5,000-foot altitude)
Primary equipment Automatic pilot system, GPS map display unit, helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (HTAWS), other

*    Combined total weight with full loads of specified items/personnel including fuel, crew, passengers, etc.

Related Links

■Kawasaki Online Media “ANSWERS”: High-Performance, Twin-Engine, Multipurpose Helicopter BK117 D-3


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