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New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa
31 March 2005
The Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal John Hamilton has today welcomed a Government announcement that the NH90 will replace the Air Force’s fleet of Iroquois Helicopters.
“This is excellent news for the Air Force and those that depend on the helicopter support we provide,” says Air Vice-Marshal Hamilton.
“The NH90 will step us into the next generation of helicopter. It will provide huge performance gains over the Iroquois that will enable greater weights carried further and much improved night and poor weather capabilities,” he said.
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04-0094-04 - Inside the cockpit of a NH90
While today’s decision is an important step there is still much work to be done with NH Industries to finalise costs, numbers of aircraft and delivery schedules.
“Alongside this, the Air Force will work to consider the implications on training, trades, and support structures.”
" We must also continue to support the Iroquois fleet over the next few years until the NH 90s are accepted into service.”
Work also continues to progress the selection of a helicopter to replace the Sioux.