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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Editorial: 'Challenging' NH90 helicopters sorry look for Govt

NZAF NH90Nine years ago, the decision to buy eight NH90 helicopters for the air force was accompanied by considerable fanfare.

The French-made multi-purpose choppers would, said the Defence Minister, Phil Goff, be bigger, faster, more versatile and have a far greater lift capability than the ageing Iroquois they were replacing.

Such acclaim was only to be expected given that they represented the biggest single defence purchase since the navy's two Anzac frigates in the 1980s. The NH90s cost $771 million, a sum which demanded everything should be done to ensure they met Defence Force requirements for military deployment and disaster relief.

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