Japan Seeks Shipboard-Capable Helicopters to Replace Cobra

Japan is seeking new attack helicopters capable of undertaking shipboard operations to replace its ageing Fuji-Bell AH-1 Cobra platforms.<br />Japan's request for information (RFI), which was issued in May but the details of which were not publicised at the time, called for new helicopters with "marinisation and shipboard compatibility", Lieutenant...

Japan is seeking new attack helicopters capable of undertaking shipboard operations to replace its ageing Fuji-Bell AH-1 Cobra platforms.

Japan's request for information (RFI), which was issued in May but the details of which were not publicised at the time, called for new helicopters with "marinisation and shipboard compatibility", Lieutenant General (retd) George Trautman, a former US Marine Corps aviator and commander who now works as an adviser for Bell, told Jane's .

Speaking at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in late November, Trautman said the RFI requested pricing and information for "30, 40, and 50" helicopters, and that the helicopters be equipped to operate in a maritime and island environment".

Source: www.janes.com