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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Japanese Agencies Purchase Two Additional Firefighting AW139s

The FDMA’s newest fleet addition is an AgustaWestland AW139. AgustaWestland

The Fire Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) and Yokohama City in Japan have each ordered a firefighting-configured AgustaWestland AW139. The helicopter will become FDMA’s second AW139 and will be equipped with a Bambi bucket, belly tank and an enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS). The Yokohama City Fire Department’s helicopter features a main rotor blade with a high visibility paint scheme, a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS)-capable GPS, and a belly tank. Both aircraft are slated for delivery in 2013.

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