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New Zealand formally accepts first new Seasprites

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 7, 2015

Royal New Zealand Navy accept first of 10 Karman Super Seasprite Helicopters.
One of three SH-2G(I)s formally accepted into NZDF service. (Mike Millett)

The SH-2G(I) Seasprite has been formally accepted into New Zealand Defence Force service.

A ceremony to mark the milestone was held at RNZAF Base Auckland on Friday, attended by Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Secretary of Defence Helene Quilter and Kaman Aerospace vice president James Larwood.

New Zealand is acquiring 10 Super Seasprites, designated SH-2G(I) – I for International  – to replace its five older SH-2Gs currently in service (and which in turn have been sold to Peru). Eight will be used operationally, while two will be broken down for spare parts.

So far three SH-2G(I)s have been delivered to Auckland, with the remaining five operational aircraft to be delivered by September.

The aircraft were originally built on order for the Royal Australian Navy as the SH-2G(A), before that controversial contract was cancelled in 2008.

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Comments (2)

  • Chris


    The word Older in para 3 is relative. The original 5 Super Seasprites were new build for NZ. Our 11 Super Seasprites were zero timed rebuilds. They may have less flight hours since because they have been in storage but are they younger? The RNZAF will use a 3 person crew. Together with our ex Penguin ASMs they can strike targets 4+ times the range of the Hellfires carried by the MH60R. Why the Kiwis didn’t buy the 11th as a 3rd source of spares is puzzling.

  • Fergo


    If the ADF wouldn’t give these aircraft a type certificate, I wonder who did, and under what regulatory regime?

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