Kawasaki Receives Order for H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter for KYUSHU ASAHI BROADCASTING

Mar. 04, 2024

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Tokyo, March 4, 2024 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the receipt of an order by KBC GROUP HOLDINGS CO.,LTD. for H145//BK117 D-3 helicopters (hereafter, "D-3"), the newest model in the BK117 series. This is the third D-3 to be used for press and broadcasting use, and will be entered service for KYUSHU ASAHI BROADCASTING CO., LTD.

With superior mobility and hovering capability at high altitudes, the BK117 series can be used for broadcasting to quickly head to the scene of an incident or disaster and report the changing situation of the scene.
The D-3, retains the features of the previous model, the BK117 D-2, such as versatile and large rear clam shell doors which contribute to the free layout of broadcasting equipment, reduced noise, high mobility with high-performance engines, improved hovering performance at high altitudes, and reduced pilot load with the state-of-the-art avionics (electronics), while improving performance by using of the latest main rotor system (5-blade main rotor) as follows:

  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 developed jointly with European company Airbus Helicopters, and is 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, 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 196 units as of today, and more than 1,900 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.

Basic Specifications for the H145//BK117 D-3 Helicopter
Length 13.54 m
Width 1.73 m (body)
Height 3.98 m
Capacity 10 (standard number of seats)
12 (maximum number of seats)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 3,800 kg
Maximum speed Approx. 263km/h
Cruising Range  723 km (standard tank)
Primary equipment Automatic pilot system, GPS map display unit, helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (HTAWS), others

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


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