6 juillet 2015
RNZAF NH90 on Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 - photo NZDF
4 juil. 2015 by NZDF
The action ramps up in Australia as the New Zealand forces spread across the bush in Central Queensland as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015. The National Support Element, with the help of Royal New Zealand Air Force's NH90 helicopters, has been working behind the scenes to ensure supplies are delivered to Kiwi troops out in the bush.
Talisman Sabre marks the first time the NH90s have been deployed offshore and is a great opportunity to show their capability and effectiveness in a challenging coalition environment.
Talisman Sabre is the Australian Defence Force's largest warfighting exercise. It involves almost 30,000 troops from the ADF, the US military, the NZDF and Japan's Self-Defense Force. The NZDF has deployed two ships, four aircraft including two NH90 helicopters, 22 Light Armoured Vehicles, 23 other military vehicles and around 620 personnel for the exercise.
28 mars 2015
RNZAF Hercules celebrates 50 years milestone
26 mars 2015 New Zealand Defence Forces
The C-130 Hercules of Royal New Zealand Airforce celebrates her 50th birthday this week. Here's a highlight reel of her work delivering troops and cargo all around the world in support of NZDF's operations, missions and exercises.
16 mars 2015
15 mars 2015 NZDefenceForce
The A109 Simulator at RNZAF Base Ohakea provides top quality training to the airforce pilots in a safe and effective manner. This state of the art machine is the only one of few in the southern hemisphere of its kind, and can simulate all kind of challenging situation for the pilots to test themselves at.
Running at just 10 percent of the cost of running an actual aircraft, the machine can run all day for 250 days of the year. Any free flying time can be loaned out to other agencies, such as the Royal Malaysian Airforce who put their pilots through their paces against the simulator.
Check out the multinational forces at work in the NZDF's A109 Simulator!
5 mars 2015
4 mars 2015 NZ Defence Force
RNZAF survival instructors have been working closely with Antarctica New Zealand field trainers during a six day course.
The intense course gives Air Force crews hands on experience in Antarctica survival techniques.
15 octobre 2014
14 oct. 2014 NZDefenceForce
Exercise Blackbird is the RNZAF's annual helicopter mountain flying exercise. This year saw the NH-90 participating in the exercise for the first time.
8 août 2014
photo Airbus Helicopters Philippe Lesonneur
07/31/2014 by Courtney Woo - airbushelicopters.com
Members of the NH90 team in New Zealand have a lot to celebrate: They have just completed the retrofit of four NH90 TTH helicopters at the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) operational base in Ohakea.
The purpose of the retrofit was to upgrade the first four NH90s from initial to final configuration. The RNZAF operates a fleet of eight NH90 TTH, four of which were delivered already in the final form. With the retrofit, RNZAF’s current NH90 fleet has reached its final configuration.
The retrofit was performed between September 2013 and July 2014 at the customer’s premises and following a preparatory phase in France.
The team involved took advantage of the retrofit lay-up period to perform calendar maintenance and to retrofit some spare parts and an attrition frame.
More than 30 employees from Airbus Helicopters and partner companies, stationed at the Ohakea base, worked hand-in-hand with a network of logistical experts from Airbus Helicopters and its suppliers. The close collaboration of these teams among each other and with the customer was instrumental in completing the retrofit on time.
Similar retrofit programs are underway in other countries, with a total of 10 aircraft having already been completed. Seventeen more NH90s are currently undergoing retrofit at five different locations in France, Italy, Finland, Germany and Australia.
The NH90 retrofit program brings together specialists from different areas, such as configuration, production, engineering, procurement and support, whose transversal collaboration plays a key role in ensuring the success of the upgrades.