Japan Buys Eurocopters for Training

by: Matthew Potter
March 3, 2009

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In the first contract that Eurocopter has been able to win from the Japanese military it will provide two EC-135 twin engine aircraft for training. EasyBourse.com reports that there is the potential for 13 more aircraft to be purchased. Eurocopter has been able to sell civil aircraft in Japan for over four decades but has not been able to switch the nation over to non-American products. The EC-135 helicopters will provide training for naval pilots in the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. The joint French-German company has made major gains in sales since its formation in the United States and other countries that had not been its traditional customers. The EC-135 has proved popular with medical transport, police as well as other civil and government users. More on the aircraft can be found here.

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