Final Tour for Hueys

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WELLINGTON, -- The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s fleet of Iroquois helicopters has provided almost 50 years of service to New Zealand and has been a stalwart of Defence Force operations since its purchase. The Iroquois is scheduled to cease flying operations with the Air Force on 01 July 2015. Ahead of this withdrawal from service, No.3 Squadron from Ohakea who fly the Iroquois are making various stops around New Zealand in May.

The Iroquois is being replaced by the NH90 helicopter, which provides a significant step-up in the capability the Defence Force can provide to New Zealand.

To preserve the importance of almost 50 years of history for the aircraft with the Defence Force,  one airframe will be transferred to the Army Museum at Waiouru and two airframes to the Air Force Museum in Christchurch for public display purposes.

The June issue of Air Force News magazine will have a feature on the Iroquois. (NZDF)

Disposal of Surplus Iroquois Aircraft Capability

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) invites tenders from prospective purchasers for the remaining Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Iroquois fleet and associated holdings, which is referred to as the ‘Iroquois package’. The Iroquois package is to be sold on an ‘as is, where is’ basis without any warranty as to fitness for purpose or airworthiness in their current state.

The Tender is available on NZDF's SmartProcure website  Tenderers must log on to access the tender and submit a response. Registration is simple and free, just click "Register Now". If you require assistance by email, this is available by email to:

All enquiries regarding this tender must be in writing through NZDF's SmartProcure message system. NZDF will endeavour to respond in writing to written enquires within four working days.

The tender has opened on Monday, 20 April 2015 and will be closed on Friday, 31 July 2015.

UH-1H Iroquois helicopters of No. 3 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai during the helicopter's national farewell tour before retirement.

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