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Dart engaged to certify Fire Attack for five-bladed H145 in Japan
DART is expanding its portfolio of products to the five-bladed H145. Its belly-mounted Fire Attack system can deliver multiple drops with just one tank load.
Japan Aerospace and Kawasaki have engaged Dart to certify the Fire Attack system for the five-bladed H145.

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 five-bladed H145.

The partnership came at the request of Dart representative JAC to market a Fire Attack system for the H145 helicopter in Japan. KHI will assemble the helicopter, and will help JAC to help test, certify and install the tank with Dart.

“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 VP sales Steve Ghaleb. “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 main tank and 14 gallon foam tank, a 10 ft long, five inch hover pump with a 450 gallon 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 JAC president and CEO Hiroshi Kuramae. “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.

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