Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Strengthens AW139 Presence on Japanese Market with Order for Six Helicopters

(To Leonardo)

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace (MBA), Leonardo's authorized distributor in Japan for the AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopter models, has announced orders for a total of six AW139s to meet new possible commercial opportunities in the country. This confirms the success of the AW139 in Japan with almost 70 units currently in service.

The AW139 fleet in the country is growing rapidly with new deliveries also stemming from previous orders including two helicopters for the Japanese Coast Guard (bringing the number of AW21s on order from this operator to 139) and two for the Japanese Police on the way. this year. In addition, three AW139s will be supplied in 2024 respectively to the firefighting and civil protection agencies of Hishikawa and Saitama Prefectures and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Hokuriku.

The AW139 has enjoyed great success in Japan, accumulating over 110.000 flight hours to date in multiple missions and in support of various prefectures and municipal authorities. There are over 150 helicopters of various types, including the AW139, in service today in the country and which carry out public order, helicopter rescue, search and rescue, firefighting, civil protection, VIP/corporate transport, publishing support and utility in the maritime environment.

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Co., Ltd. is an aerospace, defense and security company. The company imports and sells helicopters, aircraft, space, defense and security systems and provides various services. Among the products are Leonardo helicopters, defense systems, aircraft engines, space activities and more. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Tokyo.

The most important helicopter program in the world since its certification in 2004 and the best-selling model in its category, the AW139 has to date registered orders for almost 1300 units, from more than 290 operators in over 80 countries, for all types of missions . The global AW139 fleet has surpassed the 3,6 million flight hours logged to date. This model features state-of-the-art avionics with advanced navigation and anti-collision systems to increase operational awareness and reduce pilot workload. It is unrivaled in speed, power margins and overall performance and features the largest cab in its class with high modularity for rapid reconfiguration, plus the transmission's unique ability to continue operating smoothly for over 60 minutes even in the absence of lubricant for even greater reliability and safety. Over 1000 mission kits have been certified for the AW139 to date.