Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Japanese Agencies Purchase Two Additional Firefighting AW139s
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.