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New Zealand considers Australia's rejected Seasprites

16th May 2012 - 10:09 GMT | by Tony Skinner in Christchurch, New Zealand


The New Zealand government is considering the purchase of up to 11 ex-Australian Super Seasprite helicopters to replace its fleet of five SH-2Gs, it has been confirmed.

New Zealand defence minister Jonathan Coleman told local media that the Cabinet had given defence officials approval to start preliminary negotiations with Kaman Aerospace for the aircraft, which were rejected by Australia in 2008 following recurring integration and airworthiness issues.

The package, which could be worth as much as $200 million, is understood to also include a flight simulator and a wide range of spares and support equipment.

According to the Ministry of

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