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NZ begins the search for replacement naval helicopters

28th April 2023 - 05:01 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


New Zealand operates eight SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopters procured second-hand from Australia. (Photo: NZDF)

The time is approaching when New Zealand will need to replace its ageing Super Seasprite naval helicopters.

New Zealand kicked off a market research exercise seeking a replacement maritime helicopter by issuing an RfI on 24 April.

Officially called the Maritime Helicopter Replacement (MHR) project, it encompasses five aspects: naval helicopters, UAVs, through-life support, training systems and mission support system integration.

The future MHRs will perform the military roles of anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, joint fires support, ISR and force protection. Other support roles include search and rescue, air logistics support (e.g. vertical replenishment), casualty evacuation and boarding operations.

New Zealand is looking for a contemporary solution to conduct multi-domain warfare, which offers increased littoral and land effects,

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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