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NH90 and A109 now primary NZ defence helicopters

Helicopters are often requried to transport personnel into remote areas of the country"

For the longest time, the Iroquois helicopters have been the primary workhorses of the New Zealand defence forces, carrying out a substantial range of tasks including emergency evacuations and defence exercises.

Now, the torch has been handed over to a new generation of helicopters - the NH90 and A109. These new aircraft are highly capable and will certainly prove useful over the next few years.

However, there is still some ways to go before the new helicopters are ready to fully replace the ageing Iroquois.

Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Mike Yardley spoke about the role of the NH90 and where exactly the defence force was in regards to operational capability

"The NH90 will now become responsible for search and rescue missions, casualty evacuation in association with search and rescue, as well as transport for NZ Police and other government and military personnel for national security requirements," he said.

"The Iroquois have performed these tasks well for many years, but it is now time for the NH90 to become the primary aircraft for search and rescue and national security requirements."

It is, however, a long journey from the initial equipment acquisition to full operational capability, as the crews require training and the aircraft need to be integrated into the various squadrons.

Once the NH90s and A109s are in place, NZ defence forces should certainly be in a far better position to carry out emergency operations within the country.

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