Japan National Police Agency (JPNA) has placed the first order for a Subaru Bell 412EPX, Bell Helicopter and Subaru Corporation announced at the ongoing Paris Air Show.
“We thank the National Police Agency for its trust,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell president and chief executive officer. “These aircraft will contribute to the overall safety and security of the people in Japan’s Iwate Prefecture.”
“We are honored that Subaru received the world’s first order for the Subaru Bell 412EPX by the Japanese National Police Agency,” said ShoichiroTozuka, Corporate Senior Vice President of Subaru Corporation and the Aerospace company president. “This order is the first milestone to bringing the Subaru Bell 412EPX to customers around the world.”
In 2018, Bell and Subaru announced their collaboration on a commercial enhancement of the Subaru Bell 412EPX, the newest upgrade of the Bell 412 series, which was co-developed by the two companies as the platform for the New Utility Helicopter for JMOD (Japan Ministry of Defense) program. Subaru delivered the prototype to the New Utility Helicopter to JMOD for testing in February 2019.
Together with Subaru’s laser peening technology, the Subaru Bell 412EPX will benefit from a more robust main rotor gearbox dry run capability, increased internal maximum gross weight to 12,200 lbs. and mast torque output of +11% at speeds below 60 knots. It is reliable in the most extreme of climates and has a versatile cabin that accommodates an array of options to suit any specific mission needs.