(IMP). The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) new medium utility helicopter, the NH90, has completed the first phase of its operational testing and evaluation.
"The recent approval of the Interim Type Certificate and initial release of operational capability means that we can now undertake some operational tasking. It’s a significant milestone for the RNZAF," said Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell, Chief of Air Force.
"The NH90 is now cleared to undertake New Zealand-based passenger and cargo tasks that will enable non-tactical support to Government agencies and the other Services."
The NH90 incorporates new technologies and capabilities that represent a substantial improvement over the long serving Iroquois helicopters.