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NH90 Flare Trial a Success

A New Zealand Defence Force NH90 helicopter has successfully conducted flare testing at Raumai Range in the Manawatu.

4 March 2016

In February, a New Zealand Defence Force NH90 helicopter successfully conducted flare testing at Raumai Range in the Manawatu.

This was the first time the counter measure dispensing system (flares) had been used by the NH90 and the Royal New Zealand Air Force is pleased with the results from the trial.

The purpose of flares is to attract any missile threat away from the NH90 by acting as a decoy. The NH90 has a sophisticated aircraft self-protection system and this trial involved the testing of one element of this system – the ability for the NH90 to dispense flares. The next step will be testing the flares in a simulated threat scenario.

The successful trial is another stepping stone in bringing the NH90 to full operational capability. The NH90 already carries out many operational roles for the Defence Force including: search and rescue, medical evacuations, counter-terrorism, surveillance and reconnaissance, and supports other government agency activities such as the New Zealand Police.

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