The first SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter for the New Zealand Defence Force was formally accepted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut, facility on December 1. “We are pleased to have achieved this significant programme milestone, which in addition to the acceptance of the first aircraft signifies acceptance of the aircraft design. This accomplishment was the result of significant effort and co-operation between Kaman, the MoD, and the NZDF,” stated Greg Steiner, President Kaman Aerospace Group.
Kaman and the MoD entered into a $120 million contract in May 2013 for the purchase of ten Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite aircraft, spare parts, a full mission flight simulator, and related logistics support. Additional aircraft are scheduled to be accepted by the MoD within a few weeks. The first three aircraft are projected to arrive in Auckland in early 2015, with the remaining deliveries of helicopters and equipment expected to occur by the end of 2015. Alan Warnes