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RNZAF Agusta A109 LUH(NZ)
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  The Agusta A109 LUH(NZ) is a training and light utility helicopter based on the A109E, acquired for training pilots and aircrew that will later fly the NH90 Medium Utility Helicopter and SH-2G Seasprite naval helicopter as well as performing light helicopter missions.

The Ministry of Defence acquisition project and the RNZAF has formed a Helicopter Transition Unit (HTU) to manage the operational and technical aspects of the introduction Into Service process for these helicopters.

The first two helicopters, one of which is a non flying airframe which will be used as a source of spares, arrived at RNZAF Base Ohakea in March 2011.

Operated by the HTU at Ohakea, the A109s replace the RNZAF’s ageing, piston powered Bell B47G-3B-2 Sioux trainers. They were acquired under a NZ$139 million contract signed in May 2008 for the acquisition of the five A109s, an additional A109 airframe to be used as a source of spares, a simulator and a spares and support package.

The New Zealand government has been considering acquiring a further three A109LUHs.

 
     
 
Serial c/n Aircraft History
NZ3401 13781 In service with RNZAF Base Ohakea's Helicopter Transition Unit.

Agusta A109 NZ3401

NZ3402 13782 In service with RNZAF Base Ohakea's Helicopter Transition Unit.

Agusta A109 NZ3402

NZ3403 13784 In service with RNZAF Base Ohakea's Helicopter Transition Unit.

Agusta A109 NZ3403

NZ3404 13785 In service with RNZAF Base Ohakea's Helicopter Transition Unit.
NZ3405 13786 In service with RNZAF Base Ohakea's Helicopter Transition Unit.
NZ3406 13783 Non Flying airframe to be used as source of spares,
In storage at RNZAF Base Ohakea as a source of spares.
    The Flight Training Device (Simulator) is at RNZAF Base Ohakea supporting training
 
     

Author: Brendan Cowan

Sources: http://rnzaf.proboards.com , www.helis.com, http://www.defence.govt.nz/acquisitions-tenders/current-acquisition-projects/helicopter-capability-agusta-westland.html ,

Emails: Martin Edwards, Brendan Cowan,

Updated 01 July 2012

     

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