SeaSprite Kaman SG 2 Helicopter

Maritime helicopter replacement project (MHCP)

Providing an upgraded fleet of naval helicopters for the Royal New Zealand Navy.

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.

Government approval

April 2013
Project budget of $NZ242.2 million (excl. GST) is approved for purchasing the Seasprite helicopters and introducing them into service.

Contract

Kaman Aerospace, signed May 2013- supply of ten SH2G (I) Super Seasprite helicopters, associated spares, training aids, and a full-motion flight training simulator.

Current status

  • 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, Programme Director Air
Email: industry@defence.govt.nz