The Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to be operated in the Kagoshima Prefecture, according to AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. The AW139 will replace the current Bell142 model, and is expected to enter service in 2015. The helicopter has been ordered with a law enforcement configuration that includes rescue hoist, search light, auxiliary tank and dedicated avionic systems such as an enhanced ground proximity warning system and enhanced vision system.
JNPA AW139. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland
The Kagoshima order increases the number of AgustaWestland helicopters performing law enforcement operations throughout Japanese prefectures to over 40, which represents 40 percent of the law enforcement market. The AgustaWestland products providing this capability include the AW109, GrandNew, AW139 and the AW101. The AW139 has performed a number of roles in Japan including search and rescue and coast guard duties, firefighting, disaster relief and electronic news gathering with a number of operators.