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7 octobre 2015 3 07 /10 /octobre /2015 16:30
photo New Zealand Defence Force

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6 oct. 2015 by New Zealand Defence Force


More than 100 New Zealand Defence Force personnel were deployed in late April alongside the Australian Defence Force to train Iraqi Security Forces so they can better counter the threat posed by ISIL (Dash) and deter its further advances. Task Group Taji, which is composed of New Zealand and Australian personnel, has trained 2100 Iraqi soldiers to date. The training covers weapons handling, combat first aid, live fire training and drills in complex warfighting environments (urban assault, counter-improvised explosive device, etc.)

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 07:35
EX RIMPAC 14 - HMNZS CANTERBURY berths in Pearl Harbour


27.06.2014 NZDefenceForce


Personnel, ships and aircraft are concentrating in Hawaii for EX RIMPAC 14, the world's largest maritime military exercise involving 23 nations and more than 25,000 personnel.

HMNZS CANTERBURY berthed in Pearl Harbour on 26 June 2014 local time.

The NZDF is also contributing a light infantry platoon from 1RNZIR, a P-3K2 Orion aircraft with supporting personnel, and the Operational Dive Team and a Mine Countermeasures Team based out of San Diego.

There are more than 250 NZDF personnel participating in this six-week-long exercise, which covers a wide spectrum of military training activities ranging from Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief to complex warfighting.

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 16:35
New Zealand Shopping for New Rifle


June 17, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: New Zealand Ministry of Defence; issued June 17, 2014)


Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has given approval for the NZDF to seek a replacement for the Steyr rifle.


“It is important NZDF personnel are well equipped and have effective modern rifles suited to today’s operational environment,” says Dr Coleman.


“The Steyr rifle has served the NZDF well for over 20 years and it has seen considerable operational use, but it is now reaching the end of its lifespan. Weapon technology has advanced considerably since the NZDF purchased the Steyr rifle in 1987.


“Modern rifles can be adapted to individual needs, maximising the effectiveness of the weapon. They can be fitted with a range of advanced day and night sights, and other specialised equipment. They can also be adjusted to suit different body sizes, and for the wearing of personal kit.


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27 janvier 2014 1 27 /01 /janvier /2014 13:35
T-6C trainer - Royal New Zealand Air Force

T-6C trainer - Royal New Zealand Air Force



Jan. 27, 2014 FG


The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is to buy 11 Beechcraft T-6Cs to meet its requirement for an advanced pilot training capability. The NZ$154 million ($127 million) deal will also include simulators and classroom- and computer-based training packages.


New Zealand requires an intermediate trainer with a glass cockpit that will be able to take students from the Pacific Aerospace CT-4E Airtrainer to the Lockheed Martin P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, Boeing 757 and upgraded Lockheed C-130H transports, plus the AgustaWestland AW109, NH Industries NH90 and future Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopters.


The Pilot Training Capability project was announced in the Defence White Paper 2010. A request for information (RFI) was issued to industry in October 2011, and Beechcraft’s T-6C demonstrator made a tour to New Zealand in 2012, and was used to fly a number of Royal New Zealand Air Force officers. The extent to which other competing aircraft were evaluated is unknown.


At the time of the RFI, the government said that it was open to a purchase or lease, or to contracting a complete pilot training package from a commercial provider.


Under the deal, CAE simulators will be installed at the air force's Ohakea base and supported by CAE Australia. Also included in a 30-year contract is maintenance support by New Zealand company Safe Air, which will create around 21 new jobs at Ohakea.


The T-6Cs will be operated by 14 Sqn, which previously flew the Aermacchi MB-339CB in the advanced training and light attack roles, until the disbandment of the New Zealand’s air combat force in 2001.


A first aircraft will be delivered from Wichita, Kansas in mid-2015, but will be owned by Beechcraft and used to train maintenance personnel. Training facilities and simulators should also be in place by the same time, enabling the first qualified flying instructor course to begin.


The deal was signed by defence secretary Helene Quilter and Beechcraft Defense president Russ Bartlett on 24 January, and formally announced by defence minister Jonathan Coleman on 27 January.


“The new system is expected to be operational for the first trainee intake in early 2016," Coleman says. "It is estimated it will produce up to 15 graduate pilots and 12 qualifying flying instructors per year over the next 30 years.”


Basic pilot training is currently carried out on the CT-4E, but structural problems with the leased fleet have reportedly caused backlogs in the output of qualified pilots. The type is scheduled to reach the end of its service life in 2018. Advanced and twin-engined training is conducted with the Beechcraft King Air 200, which are leased under a contract that will expire in 2018.

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2 décembre 2013 1 02 /12 /décembre /2013 08:35
Canadian Army Learns Amphibious Warfare Exercises In New Zealand



December 1, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


This exercise has just wrapped up….here is what the Army put out shortly before it ended, plus photos:


South Canterbury Region, New Zealand — Completing an amphibious landing from a sealift vessel, securing a port and transferring 200 troops and 55 vehicles onto land is all in a day’s work for Major Patrick Chartrand, who is currently deployed in New Zealand on Exercise SOUTHERN KATIPO 2013 (Ex SK13).


Major Chartrand, Royal 22e Régiment is attached to the evaluation team as part of Exercise Control for SK13. His role is to assess how well the operations are carried out and identify any gaps ahead of Exercise SOUTHERN KATIPO 2015. This means he is participating in every aspect of the exercise, including the amphibious landing at Port Timaru that signalled the start of the exercise on November 9th.


“Being involved in executing a real-time amphibious landing is a great opportunity and the more practice we can get will definitely help us in the future.” Ex SK13 is the biggest international military exercise ever to be held in New Zealand, in terms of the number of countries participating.


The exercise aims to test the capability of the New Zealand’s Defence Force (NZDF) to mount a medium-scale amphibious operation that involves land, air and maritime assets. It also provides a unique opportunity for the NZDF to enhance its ability to work with its partners, particularly those in the Pacific region.

Exercise Director Colonel Paul Van Den Broek describes the exercise as modern and invaluable for the preparedness of the Pacific nations participating.


“I think the multinational nature of the exercise very much reflects the nature of contemporary military operations. Whether in Afghanistan or in conducting peacekeeping operations,” says Col Paul Van Den Broek.


“It’s proving very invaluable in actually finding the friction points within the combined and joint environment. And a lot of the lessons we are learning to date we could not have discovered if we had merely run a command post activity, as opposed to really running an exercise at this level.”


For Brigadier-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East, who visited the troops during the exercise, “it represents valuable collective training for our troops in an international setting. I was very impressed to witness first hand the level of professionalism and expertise displayed by our troops and our allies.”

Ex SK13 was held in the South Canterbury region in the South Island of New Zealand from November 4 to 29. It involved three war ships, and up to 18 aircraft and 2200 personnel from New Zealand and nine other countries: Australia, Tonga, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Canada, the United States, France, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.


The Canadian Armed Forces contingent of 32 troops arrived in New Zealand in October. They were assigned to Headquarters Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force for the exercise.

Maj Chartrand explains this is the first time Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been embedded with the NZDF.


“Our troops have had a chance to train with their counterparts; we had the reconnaissance and snipers with their counterparts from New Zealand, they went in the mountains. Obviously in Quebec City we don’t have the same kind of terrain, the guys were able to do training that they were not able to do back home – that was very beneficial.”

He added, “I know when I go back home I’ll be taking a lot of lessons learned and insights with me. It is all about working with other nations, learning and sharing our knowledge. This builds not only the expertise of my team but also those of other nations taking part.”


Article by Samantha Bayard, Canadian Army Public Affairs, and Natala Low, New Zealand Defence Force Communications

Canadian Army Learns Amphibious Warfare Exercises In New Zealand
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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 17:35
Annual Report Shows Light at End of the Tunnel for NZDF

Sep. 23, 2013 - By NICK LEE-FRAMPTON – Defense News


WELLINGTON — With only a small fleet of aircraft and relatively few warships, it was inevitable that upgrading all these platforms would have an impact on availability which, in its annual report for 2012-13, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) acknowledges.


Indeed, although the hangar time of its five C-130H Hercules and six P-3 Orions and the systems upgrades to its two Anzac-class frigates have led, respectively, to reduced flying hours and days at sea, personnel shortages, especially in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), also have had an adverse effect.


However, as Chief of Defence Force Lt. Gen. Rhys Jones points out in his overview to the report, published last week, the past year marked “an important shift” in operational focus for the NZDF.


“Drawing down from our more than decadelong commitments to a number of high-intensity operations [including Afghanistan, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste] is in turn allowing the NZDF to accelerate change, providing a greater focus on our region — the South West Pacific and South East Asia — and developing and introducing new capabilities as the NZDF moves towards an integrated Joint Force Amphibious Capability in 2015,” Jones writes.


He also notes several positive events, including a recent contract for some 200 new medium and heavy operational vehicles for the Army, the purchase of replacement SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopters and a forthcoming new pilot training capability.


Moreover, a number of long-running major acquisition projects are in their final phases, including upgrades of the C-130 Hercules and P-3 Orion aircraft and the delivery of A109 training/light utility helicopters; and NH90 medium utility helicopters.


Also in near-term prospect, the report notes, are network-enabling of land forces; strengthened command-and-control systems; improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities; and acquisition of increased satellite network bandwidth for global communications.


The latter has been on the planning table for some years and it may be that its progress has been hindered by high attrition rates and a lack of skilled staff.


The report credits the NZDF with 8,502 regular troops (just over half of whom are in the Army) as of August — the lowest total in at least a decade.


Although attrition has dropped markedly — “from 23% at the start of the year to 16% at year’s end,” the report states — it still is double what it was in 2010, and while almost 40 percent of regular force respondents rate their employment as either excellent or good, one in five apparently rates it as poor.


Smallest of the three NZDF services, with only 1,910 personnel, the RNZN has been particularly hard-hit by the shortage of skilled staff, as the report explains: “The significant reduction in the number of trained personnel available ... has directly impacted the Fleet operating profile ... with skill and experience levels in some critical trade groups seriously degraded.”


A prime example is that one of the two 279-foot offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) was unavailable for most of fiscal 2012-13 because of “crewing constraints,” according to the report.


A lack of suitable sailors was not the only reason why the OPVs, both commissioned in 2010, have not yet been fully accepted into service. For the second reporting period in a row, says the report, “the cold weather capability release was delayed by the cancellation of the second sub-Antarctic patrol of the season, for reasons beyond the NZDF’s control.”


Despite intense efforts to regenerate the Navy and get ships back to sea, the report estimates that it will take “up to three years” for the RNZN to recover.


There is some light on the horizon, though. Six years after she was commissioned, the RNZN's flagship, the 430-foot amphibious support ship Canterbury is expected to be fully operationally capable in fiscal 2013-14.


Moreover, the Navy’s Seasprites’ flying rate (1,136 hours for the five helicopters) was higher than previous years, “predominantly due to ... the newly formed Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.” However, the introduction into service of the replacement SH-2G(I) Seasprites is bound to affect flying hours in the coming year or two, though the new helicopters will ultimately improve availability and capabilities.


This has been the case as the Air Force’s Orion fleet has been upgraded from P-3K to P-3K2 standard. The report mentions “occasional periods” where no Orion aircraft were available to support operations and admits that for “more than five months” only one out of six Orions was “able to deliver outputs.” Nevertheless, adds the report, availability for search and rescue and emergency tasks was better in comparison to fiscal 2011-12.


The type's life-extension programme continued to affect planned C-130 Hercules’ tasking and preparedness targets too, but “a major milestone” was achieved when one upgraded C-130H(NZ) was certified to conduct logistic support.


Overall, the report shows the NZDF is beginning to savor the benefits of new and improved capabilities and, for the time being, respite from the arduous deployments of the past decade.


As Jones remarks in his overview, “While we are still active on many missions around the world, this operational tempo change is an opportunity for the NZDF to reorganize in preparation for ‘the next’ complex military mission.”

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