The Dauphin – designed by Aérospatiale and currently part of Airbus Helicopters – is a quite a popular helicopter within authority aviation wings in Japan. The Japan National Police Agency signed up for more on 31 March 2015.
One H155 (EC155) will go to the Kagawa Prefectural Police, while an AS365 N3+ variant has been ordered for the Fukuoka Prefectural Police. Both Dauphins are scheduled to be delivered in 2017, and will replace aging aircraft in these operators’ respective fleets. The H155 is Kagawa Prefectural Police’s first Airbus Helicopters-built rotorcraft.
This month’s three Dauphin deliveries in Japan involved an H155 for the Hyogo Prefectural Police, one AS365 N3+ received by the Hiroshima Prefectural Police, and an AS365 N3+ for the Nagoya City Fire Department.
Currently, a total of 56 Dauphin helicopters are operated in Japan – including three H155s and six AS365s deployed by Japanese police agencies, as well as 24 AS365s flown in firefighting and disaster relief missions.
The medium-sized twin-engine Dauphin incorporates the Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, that makes operations safer for people on the ground than the tail rotors that turn around “out in the open”. The Dauphin’s cabin can accommodate up to 13 passengers, flown by a crew of two.
Source: Airbus Helicopters
Featured image: The Dauphin is popular within the Japan National Police and flies for regional units (Image © Chikako Hirano / Airbus Helicopters)