First EH101 For Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force
05 Mar 2006
Kawasaki delivered the first of 14 EH101 helicopters to the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF). The handover ceremony took place 3rd of March at Kawasaki Aerospace’s Gifu plant. The utility rear-ramped variants of the EH101 will replace the JMSDF’s fleet of Sikorsky MH-53Es and S-61s. Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) was licensed by AgustaWestland to produce and support the Japanese EH101 fleet. Assembly of the second aircraft is underway and the remaining 12 aircraft kits are being prepared by AgustaWestland in the UK.