The New Zealand government has selected the NH Industries' NH90 helicopter to
replace the aging fleet of Iroquois helicopters within the New Zealand Air Force
(NZAF). The number of helicopters, the cost and the date of delivery have not
been concluded yet and are pending of further negotiations between NH Industries
and New Zealand.
New Zealand's decision has been influenced by the purchase of 12 NH90
helicopters by Australia. By the way, New Zealand expects to achieve improved
interoperability with coalition partners. Basically, these helicopters will be
employed in support of land forces and other agencies.
The twin-engine NH90 helicopter has already been selected by 11 countries
worldwide in addition to its newest operator, New Zealand. The Sultanate of Oman
selected 20 NH90s in July 2004 and Australia 12 in August 2004. These two
countries demonstrated the NH90 as a big success being the first out of area
operators for an aircraft which was originally designed for European customers.
EADS/Eurocopter, a key member of NH Industries, claims NH90 is the world's most
sophisticated multi-role helicopter. It integrates fly-by-wire technology and
extensive use of composites minimizing corrosion effects and maximizing life
cycle and survivability. Its operational flexibility makes the NH 90 helicopter
suitable for a wide range of missions such as tactical troops transport,
amphibious operations, search and rescue and counter-terrorism.
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