A CONTRACT has been signed for the sale of all five of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprites to the Peruvian Navy. The helicopters are being acquired via the Canadian Government, which signed a government-to-government contract with Peru for the acquisition on October 9.
The helicopters are currently still in RNZAF service, but will shortly be replaced by eight ex-Royal Australian Navy SH-2G(I) Super Seasprites, the first of which reflew after preparation by Kaman on April 10, 2014. All are expected to be delivered by mid-2015, freeing up the old SH-2G(NZ)s for delivery to Canada, where General Dynamics will refurbish and adapt them to Peruvian requirements.
They will be operated from Peruvian Navy Lupo-class frigates on anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare missions, replacing AB212ASWs and Sea Kings that are currently being flown from these vessels. A timescale for deliveries has not yet been announced. Peruvian operations will not begin until at least next year.