Operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Aviation Unit, the “Oozora 1” EH-101 Helicopter was jointly developed by Italy and the United Kingdom and is manufactured by EH Industries Ltd. Helicopter (the present Leonardo Company’s AW-101 Helicopter), and is imported by us as a completed production aircraft. It was the first aircraft in the AW-101 series to be operated in Japan.
Currently, there are more than 200 AW-101 (formerly EH-101) Helicopters in use by the navies and air forces of Italy, the United Kingdom and other NATO countries. The only commercial helicopter AW-101 is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Aviation Unit.
With its long flight range, the aircraft is deployed for search and rescue operations and reconnaissance. Its high transport capacity is also made use of in disaster relief operations. With its large cabin and ACSR (Active Control of Structural Response) that reduces vibration by generating anti-phase vibration, allowing for the creation of very comfortable living conditions, it is suitable for transport of VIP personnel, and has been used to transport VIPs on remote island visits. We have been in charge of after-sales support for nearly 20 years, since 1999, as a distributor of Leonardo in Japan.