Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Co., Ltd.

Corporate History

April 1982 Founded as "Bussan Aerospace Co., Ltd." as a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., dedicated to parts sales of Bell Helicopters.
May 1988 Renamed to Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Co., Ltd. ("MBA").
August 1988 Acquired distributorship rights for FLIR Systems products and commenced sales of infrared night vision cameras.
April 1991 Began selling Bell helicopters (succeeded from Mitsui & Co., Ltd.).
March 1992 Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Corp. (MAC) founded in Dallas, Texas, USA, as a wholly owned subsidiary of MBA.
April 1998 Succeeded representative right and distributorship of Lockheed Martin and Howmet from Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and started defence and aircraft engine businesses.
October 2001 Entered into partnership with Eurockot Launch Services GmbH. (Later executed 3 successful satellites launches from Russia.)
May 2005 Started sales of the new medium-sized helicopter AB139 developed by Bell Agusta Aerospace. 1st order placed by Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
August 2005 Acquired the distributorship rights of ioimage Ltd, an Israeli company later acquired by FLIR, and commenced selling security products.
September 2006 Received first order of the medium-sized AgustaWestland "AW139" helicopter for the Japan Coast Guard.
May 2008 Founded the FLIR Service Center as a repair facility for infrared night vision cameras of the FLIR Systems.
Received 3 orders of the "AW139" helicopter for All Nippon Helicopters and Kansai Television.
March 2013 Started sales of the new light-medium-sized AgustaWestland helicopter "AW169".
July 2013 Received the first order for the "AW169" helicopter for The Asahi Shimbun Company.
August 2013 Acquired distributorship rights for Falcon Jet Aircraft from Dassault Aviation.
December 2013 Terminated distributor agreement with Bell Helicopters, but  retained exclusive relationship with AgustaWestland for helicopter sales.
March 2015 Received first order for 2 Falcon 2000LXS aircraft for the Japan Coast Guard.
May 2017 Received first order for the new large-medium-sized AgustaWestland "AW189" helicopter for the Tokyo Fire Department.
December 2017 AgustaWestland renamed to "Leonardo", after being temporarily renamed to "Finmeccanica" in January 2016.
June 2018 Moved office from Shiba-koen, Minato Ward to Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, the current address.
July 2019 Succeeded from Mitsui & Co., Ltd., the releasing business of micro satellites from the Japanese Experiment Module "KIBO" of the International Space Station (ISS).
April 2020 Entered into Reseller Agreement with Umbo Computer Vision and started sales of the AI-driven, cloud-based intruder monitoring services.
March 2021 First 2 release missions of the micro satellites from the Japanese Experiment Module "KIBO" succeeded.

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