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Monday, June 2, 2014

Kaman Tests New Zealand-Bound SH-2G(I) Super Seasprites

By Emma Kelly, Australia and Pacific Correspondent 

Kaman’s SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite will replace New Zealand’s current fleet of Seasprites. Photo courtesy of Kaman Aerospace
Kaman Aerospace has started production flight testing for the first of 10 SH-2G(l) Super Seasprite helicopters from its Bloomfield, Conn. facility. The fleet of helicopters, destined for New Zealand, is due for delivery in mid-2015. New Zealand ordered 10 Super Seasprites, plus spares, a full mission simulator and logistics support in a $120 million deal in May 2013. The helicopters, upgraded former U.S. Navy SH-2Fs, were originally ordered by Australia but the Australian Government cancelled its troubled Super Seasprite program in early 2008 after it fell seven years behind schedule, was more than 40 percent over budget and faced ongoing technical issues.

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