Montreal, Canada – March 23, 2022 – Japan Aerospace Corporation (JAC) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have signed an agreement with DART Aerospace to design and certify a fire attack® system for the new five-bladed H145//BK117D-3.
The partnership came at the request of DART representative JAC to market a fire attack® system for the H145 helicopter in Japan. KHI, who will assemble the new five-bladed H145 in Japan, is partnering with JAC to help test, certify and install the tank with DART on the H145.
“This agreement not only creates opportunities for new markets that operate this high performing aircraft, but it also expands DART’s portfolio of products to another popular aircraft model,” says Steve Ghaleb, VP of Sales at DART Aerospace. “This is another example of DART’s longstanding history of partnerships with our clients to collaboratively find solutions for their missions.”
The system will reflect DART’s proven Model 311GII system, designed for the EC145/Kawasaki BK117C-2 helicopter. The lightweight, belly-mounted Model 311GII Fire Attack System features a 240-gallon (912-liter) main tank and 14-gallon (53-liter) foam tank, a 10-foot-long, five-inch hover pump with a 450 gallon (1,703 liter) per minute pump flow rate, and the ability to deliver multiple drops with one tank load.
“We are excited to work together with DART for a fire attack® system solution that serves our H145//BK117D-3 customers in Japan,” says Hiroshi Kuramae, President & CEO at JAC. “DART systems are popular here and this new addition will help that popularity grow with a new set of customers.”
FAA certification for the H145 Fire Attack® System is expected by the end of 2022 with Japanese JCAB certification following afterward.
About DART Aerospace
With its extensive engineering capabilities and manufacturing centers, DART provides industry-leading design, manufacturing, and market-certified solutions for the helicopter and aerospace industry. With an impressive line-up of over 1,500 STCs, DART offers a comprehensive portfolio of mission equipment and related services, replacement parts, and tooling for civil and military operators, completion centers, MR&O facilities, and all major rotorcraft OEMs. DART's key products include aerial firefighting systems, flotation systems, landing gear, interior and exterior accessories, cargo expansion, cable cutters, environmental control systems, and ground support equipment. All of DART’s fast time-to-market solutions are delivered with superior customer support in over 120 countries worldwide.
About Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI)
Recognized as a leading Japanese manufacturer of aircraft and aircraft engines, Kawasaki is engaged in a wide-ranging of operations in the knowledge-intensive aviation sector. The company also contributes to a proven track record of delivery in space technology products, including the payload fairing for the H-IIA and H-IIB rockets.
Additional information may be found at global.kawasaki.com/en/corp/profile/division/aero/index.html
About Japan Aerospace Corporation (JAC)
Japan Aerospace Corporation has a history of more than 60 years as the core aerospace company of ITOCHU Group, and provides unique and specialized services based on the concept of "only one" and "niche top" .
Additional information may be found at https://www.j-aero.co.jp/en/information/index.html
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