Apparently our army transport and naval patrol air-wing (sorry, airforce) got new helicopters called NZ90‘s…there’s a fair distance between the H and Z keys on the keyboard…not that it would concern the “decent journalists, trained and skilled” at the Herald.
They could of course be¬†referring¬†to the NH-90:
The¬†NHIndustries NH90¬†is a medium sized, twin-engine, multi-role¬†military helicopter¬†manufactured by¬†NHIndustries. The first prototype had its¬†maiden flight¬†in December 1995. Thirteen nations have ordered the NH90 with deliveries starting in 2006.
- New Zealand
In July 2006, the¬†New Zealand¬†Government signed a contract to purchase 8 NH90s (plus 1 extra for spares) to replace their¬†Air Force’s¬†fleet of¬†UH-1 Iroquois. These eight aircraft cost NZ$771m (~‚ā¨500m), of which “over a third” was for support,¬†implying each cost around ‚ā¨35m. The first two arrived in New Zealand in March 2012.
Even the Airforce refers to them as NH90. Still I imagine I’ll get an email soon from the editor telling me that it is a little known fact unpublished anywhere except in the Herald that they are affectionately known as NZ90.