N E W   W E B   S I T E   "WORLD AIR WAR HISTORY"
 
  
 
 

WORLD AIR WAR HISTORY


 
  HOME > OCENIA AIR FORCE NEWS >

More New Zealand Air Force NH90s Arrive As Faults Tackled

More New Zealand Air Force NH90s Arrive As Faults Tackled

As the air force took possession of two more NH90s at Ohakea, those overseeing their deployment in New Zealand said issues with the helicopters were being ironed out.

The Defence Force has ordered eight of the new mid-range helicopters, and a ninth for spare parts, at a cost of $771 million. The first two arrived late last year, with two more being delivered by an Antonov cargo plane to Ohakea yesterday. The commanding officer of the helicopter transitioning unit, Wing Commander Shaun Sexton, said the French-made choppers were a leap ahead in technology, compared to the Iroquois. "They are another kettle of fish, at least a generation or a generation and a half [ahead] in terms of technological capacity." But their early days in New Zealand have not been without difficulty. A Defence Ministry report published in April said there were several possible issues with the helicopters which could delay when they will become fully operational. An inadequate supply of spare parts, unreliable software development, a delay in essential equipment, including machinegun mounts, and insufficient publications and data on the aircraft, are listed as the highest risks. Wing Commander Sexton said progress was being made to resolve those concerns. "In partnership with NHIndustries, the Ministry of Defence and NZDF, we're working through all of those issues and they're being solved." While there was still work to do, he was confident the helicopters would be fully operational in about three years. Another issue raised in the report was the threat of debris being sucked into the engine, but a supplied screen to protect against engine damage meant the NH90 is unable to fly in snowy conditions. Defence Ministry NH90 project manager Kevin McMahon said new debris shields had been trialled during the past European winter and had passed flight tests. Another concern in the report was the deployment of the aircraft overseas. The report said NH90s were unable to be transported by the air force's C130 Hercules. Mr McMahon said the ministry now believed an NH90 could be transported in a Hercules, though this was not the preferred option as it would require "some dismantling" of the aircraft. While the helicopters could fly across the Pacific if they could be refuelled, or go aboard the navy multi-role ship HMNZS Canterbury, Mr McMahon said other air forces had military cargo planes that could transport an NH90. Source: Fairfax NZ News - 04 October 2012 Photo: The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 Helicopter (Photo by RNZAF)

(10/4/2012)


 
  CONTINENTAL NEWS:

American Air Force News
African Air Force News
Asian Air Force News
European Air Force News
Middle Eastern AF News
Ocean Air Force News


• The US Navy, shows an AV-8B Harrier II

(1/5/2014)
US fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef in an "emergency jettison" during a training exercise, officials said on Sunday, ruling out any risk to...>>

• Japan orders interceptors up in air as Russian bombers fly around

(1/4/2014)
Japan’s jet fighters were ordered up in the air on Monday, July 15, as three Russian Air Force planes flew around its airspace....>>

• Manila keeps eye on Beijing in South China Sea

(1/4/2014)
The Philippines is keeping vigilant in light of China’s “clear intent” to beef up its military presence in the South China Sea, particularly in a shoal located inside the Philippin...>>

• Philippines to Modernize Air Force Amid China Row

(7/3/2013)
Aquino vowed that the air force will be able to defend the country by 2016.

The Philippines will modernize its air force by 2016 President President Benigno S. Aquino III ...>>


• America’s Pacific Force Structure Takes Shape

(6/28/2013)
Through new capabilities like the Osprey and F-35, the U.S. and its allies are building a 21st century attack and defense enterprise....>>

• Philippine Air Force OV-10s grounded following crash

(6/24/2013)
Following the crash of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) OV-10 630 Bronco bomber belonging to the 15th Strike Wing off Palawan on Sunday night, the military's OV-10s have been tempora...>>

• Is US Winding Down Spec Ops Mission in the Philippines?

(6/10/2013)
As US Adm. William McRaven works to expand the reach of his Special Operations Command to include broad intelligence sharing globally among deployed SOF and foreign partners, one k...>>

 



       info@xairforces.net Webmaster: REFLX DESIGN - © 2011 xairforces / Aviation Society,