Japanese Army Bell/Fuji UH-1J. Photo by Toshi Aoki - JP Spotters
Subaru has completed construction of a new maintenance facility. The company, formerly Fuiji Heavy Industries, can now service 130 UH-Xs for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, as well as its new commercial variant of the Bell Helicopter 412EPI the Utsunomiya plant.
The company said it performs maintenance, repair and overhaul on some 100 aircraft each year. Services are done for UH-1J and other aircraft for the Japan Ground, Maritime and Air Self Defense Forces, as well as helicopters for the Japan Coast Guard, and central and local governments.
Subaru said the new facility is more than 12,000 feet, allowing it to increase maintenance capacity by 30%.
In what it calls a “next-generation helicopter business,” Subaru said it plans to enhance the production infrastructure and to contribute to further promoting the aerospace industry. This includes pursuing collaboration with foreign and domestic partners and suppliers.