Maritime helicopter replacement project (MHCP)
Providing the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) with a medium utility helicopter capability for the next 30 years.
The scope of this project includes purchasing eight SH2G (I) Super Seasprite helicopters, associated spares, training aids, a full-motion flight training simulator, missiles, and two additional helicopters to provide an insurance against major accident damage in service and as a cost effective source of and spare parts.
Project budget of $NZ242.2 million (excl. GST) is approved for purchasing the Seasprite helicopters and introducing them into service.
Kaman Aerospace, signed May 2013, supply of ten SH2G (I) Super Seasprite helicopters, associated spares, training aids, and a full-motion flight training simulator.
- All 10 helicopters have been delivered to New Zealand.
- All publications, spares support equipment and training packages have been delivered.
- The flight simulator and software support facilities have been delivered and have started operation in New Zealand.
- The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha embarked a Seasprite helicopter during its participation in the world’s biggest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in Hawaii.
Find out more about the Seasprite helicoptor on the RNZAF website (external link) .
Contact: Neil Hygate, Director Air Domain