SH-2G(I) Seasprite Helicopter
The Defence Force has 8 SH-2G(I) Seasprite maritime helicopters, operated by No. 6 Squadron.
They are flown by Royal New Zealand Navy aircrew and maintained by Royal New Zealand Air Force maintainers.
The Seasprite helicopter is operated by a three-person crew: a pilot, an observer who specialises in warfare and mission command, and a helicopter loadmaster who directs utility operations.
Delivered in 2015 to replace the previous SH-2G(NZ) model, these helicopters have an important role in multiplying the capabilities of our naval fleet and fulfil a range of roles.
They can embark on Royal New Zealand Navy Ships HMNZS TE KAHA, TE MANA, CANTERBURY, WELLINGTON and OTAGO.
Seasprites are equipped with Penguin anti-ship missiles, torpedoes and the Mag 58 General Purpose Machine Gun.
The SH-2G(I) is mainly used for:
- Anti-surface warfare
- Underwater warfare
- Maritime patrols and surveillance
- Search and rescue
- Force protection
- Utility operations (winching and load lifting)
- Training of pilots, observers and helicopter loadmasters
|Power plant||Two General Electric T700 turbines (1600 hp each)|
|Overall length||16m (52ft, 9in)|
|Fuselage length||12.3m (40ft, 6in)|
|Rotor diameter||13.5m (44ft, 4in)|
|Max gross take-off weight||6,441kg (14,200lb)|
|Max air speed||Approx 130 Knots Corrected Air Speed (KCAS)|
|Max range||Approx 275nm|
|Max endurance||Approx 2hrs 45mins|
|Max load on the cargo hook||4,000lb|
|Max rescue hoist load||600lb|
|Standard crew||One pilot, one observer and one helicopter loadmaster|