MBB/Kawasaki BK117

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MBB/Kawasaki BK117
WA Police Polair-61.jpg
Australian police BK117.
Role Lightweight helicopter
National origin Germany & Japan
Manufacturer MBB and Kawasaki Heavy Industries
First flight 1979
Introduction 1982
Status Active
Produced Production stopped in 2004.
Number built 443

The MBB/Kawasaki BK117 is a twin-engine, lightweight helicopter designed and built in Germany and Japan. It has both civilian and military uses. To 1992 it was built by Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Later, it was built by Eurocopter and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Some were built under licence in Indonesia as NBK117. Eurocopter EC145 is a newer type of BK117, but without a Japanese partner.

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