SH-2G(I) Seasprite Helicopter
Naval aviation operates a fleet of eight Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite Helicopters. They are flown by Royal New Zealand Navy aircrew and maintained by Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 6 Squadron personnel.
The helicopters are deployed to Royal New Zealand Navy ships TE KAHA, TE MANA, CANTERBURY, OTAGO and WELLINGTON. When onboard TE KAHA and TE MANA the aircraft fulfil a combat and surveillance role as well as providing transport and vertical replenishment capabilities. When deployed onboard CANTERBURY, OTAGO and WELLINGTON the aircraft are primarily tasked to provide surveillance, reconnaissance, transport and vertical replenishment capabilities.
The Seasprite can be armed with a combination of:
- homing torpedoes
- Penguin air-to-ship missiles
- MAG58 Machine gun.
The helicopters usually fly with one pilot, one observer and one loadmaster.
The SH-2G(I) is used for:
- Anti-surface warfare
- Underwater warfare
- Surveillance and reconnaissance
- Search and Rescue (day and night)
- Vertical and cross-deck replenishment
- Casualty evacuation
- Interception and boarding
- Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR)
- Support for other government agencies including Police, Primary Industries, Customs and Department of Conservation
- Pilot, observer and loadmaster training for the Navy.
||Two General Electric T700 turbines (1600 hp each)|
|Weight (Max take-off)
|Max air speed
||450 nautical miles|
||One pilot, one observer and one loadmaster|