Airbus Helicopters Japan has successfully handed over three TH-135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Delivered between October and December, they are the JMSDF’s 11th, 12th, and 13th units. Airbus is also providing full maintenance and operational support to the JMSDF, including technical support and the delivery of spare parts.
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The TH-135 is a variant of Airbus Helicopters’ light twin-engine EC135 T2+ that has been customized for the JMSDF, and is meant to replace its single-engine training helicopter fleet. Deliveries of the TH-135 began in 2009 and have been in operation since 2011.
Tailored for advanced training missions, the EC135 is well adapted for defense forces operating new-generation multi-role or combat helicopters. Nearly 1,200 EC135s have been delivered worldwide for missions including pilot training, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and search and rescue.
Japan was one of the first countries in Asia to acquire the TH-135 variant for its training systems. Many countries around the world have done the same, with Australia being the most-recent customer.