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New Zealand Air Force Selects NH90 Helicopter

The New Zealand Minister of Defence, Hon. Mark Burton, announced the selection of NHIndustries’ NH90 helicopter as a replacement helicopter for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Aix-en-Provence, 05 April 2005

The NH90 fleet will replace the current Royal New Zealand Air Force’s ageing Iroquois.

Further negotiations with NHIndustries will establish the number of helicopters to be purchased, cost and delivery date.

“This Government is committed to building a modern, sustainable, well-equipped Defence Force”, said Hon. Mark Burton. “These helicopters will ensure interoperability with our security partners, allow New Zealand to participate in a range of operations, and to provide valuable support to land force elements and other agencies.” added the Minister of Defence.

The twin-engine NH90 is the world’s most advanced multi-role helicopter which integrates fly-by-wire technology, along with the latest composite materials to minimize corrosion and maximize survivability and life cycle. The NH90 can carry up from 16 to 20 equipped troops and its versatility makes the NH90 suitable for all types of land and naval missions, such as troop transport, amphibious operations, search and rescue and counter-terrorism.

After the Oman Sultanate’s acquisition of 20 NH90 in July 2004 and the Australian Department of Defence selection of 12 NH90 (MRH90) in August 2004, New Zealand becomes the 12th country to have chosen the NH90, which is the reference in the medium-size twins class.

For further information, please contact:
Alain Gauthier
NHIndustries Commercial Director
Tel.: +33 (0) 4 42 95 97 02
Fax: +33 (0)4 42 95 97 49

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