Firefighting Helicopter Delivered in South Korea
Apr. 19, 2005
Tokyo, April 19, 2005 – Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today announced that it has delivered a BK117 C-2 firefighting helicopter to Chung Cheong Buk-Do, South Korea. Kawasaki flew the helicopter from its Gifu Works to Chung Cheong Buk-Do via Fukuoka, Japan and Busan, South Korea.
This marked Kawasaki's first overseas delivery of a BK117 C-2 helicopter. The order was received from Hyundai Motor Company last year.
The Kawasaki BK117 helicopter was developed jointly by Kawasaki and European helicopter maker Eurocopter Deutschland, GmbH. The helicopter boasts superior safety and operability, a compact body and large clamshell doors in the back of the craft. To date, Kawasaki has delivered about 500 units of this highly popular helicopter around the globe.
The C-2, the latest BK117 model, is 30 percent roomier in the cabin and has a 30 percent longer range than its predecessors. Along with the improved transport capacity and flying capabilities, the helicopter features low noise and less vibration with the employment of new main rotor blades.