The TH-135 of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (Image © Chickako Hirano / Airbus Helicopters Japan)

TH-135 helicopters for Japan Navy

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) received another three TH-135 training helicopters the last three months, manufacturer Airbus Helicopters announced on 5 December 2014. With the triplets the Navy of the Land of the Rising Sun now has 13 of the machines in the fleet, marking the fulfillment of the order place with the European chopper brand when it was still called Eurocopter.

The TH-135 is a customized version of the popular light twin-engine EC135 T2+ helicopter. Deliveries of the TH-135 already began in 2009, with introduction into service with the JMSDF in 2011. Japan was one of the first countries in Asia to acquire the TH-135 variant for its training, with Australia being the latest to join so far.

A total of nearly 1,200 EC135s have been delivered worldwide for a variety of missions ranging from pilot training and law enforcement to emergency medical services and search and rescue. In Japan about 80 EC135s are operating in multiple disciplines.

Source: Airbus Helicopters

The TH-135 of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (Image © Chickako Hirano / Airbus Helicopters Japan)
The TH-135 of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (Image © Chickako Hirano / Airbus Helicopters Japan)