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Old 27th May 2011, 22:40
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Cool RNZAF AW109s arrive

New Zealand unveils new AW109s

I am particularly impressed with the (under)statement "The arrival of the AW109 is a significant and exciting step in the upgrade and replacement of the air force's rotary and fixed-wing platforms". Considering it replaces the Bell 47, I'd say that is a quantum leap

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has unveiled three new AgustaWestland AW109 light utility helicopters, which will replace its Bell 47 Sioux for pilot training.

"The arrival of the AW109 is a significant and exciting step in the upgrade and replacement of the air force's rotary and fixed-wing platforms," Air Vice Marshal Peter Stockwell, chief of the air force, says. "This will see the RNZAF equipped with the capability necessary to operate even more effectively and efficiently."

The primary role of the AW109s will be to prepare pilots for the air force's NH Industries NH90 transports or the navy's Kaman Aerospace SH-2G Seasprites.

Aside from training, the new aircraft will also be used in a light utility role to support other military services and government agencies.


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