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Royal New Zealand Air Force

ALTHOUGH THE New Zealand Army acquired its first aircraft, a Bleriot, in 1913, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) was not established until 1934. Sixty years on, the RNZAF has been subjected to various cutbacks, particularly since the end of the Cold War, but at last it is seeing its front line aircraft involved in a number of upgrade programmes.

These include Project Kestrel — phase one of the P-3K Orion upgrade which is nearing completion by the prime contractor Lockheed. This upgrade includes fabrication of replacement wings and other components, plus project documentation.

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New Zealand opts for Seasprite

DEFENCE MINISTER Paul East announced on March 11 that the Kaman SH-2G Seasprite has been selected to replace the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) elderly Westland Wasp HAS.1s.

Although East denied that the decision was influenced by Australia’s recent choice of the same helicopter (AFM, March, p06), he indicated that New Zealand had ‘gained reassurance from Australia’s decision’, as there were obvious advantages in having compatible equipment.

The RNZN will acquire four refurbished SH-2G Super Seasprites under a NZ$274 million deal, with delivery scheduled for the year 2000. In the interim, it will take delivery of four older former USN

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Ice Cube

Stephen Harding flies with the RNZAF’s Antarctic shuttle between Christchurch and the Ross Sea ice shelf near the US McMurdo research station.

ANTARCTICA — few places in the world are as challenging for aviators and their aircraft, or as unforgiving. The vast southern continent’s geographic isolation, unpredictable weather, rugged terrain, and primitive support facilities, can quickly overwhelm all but the most capable aircrews, and the list of those who have successfully surmounted its many obstacles is an understandably short one.

Not surprisingly, the Royal New Zealand Air Force holds a prominent place on that select roster. The RNZAF first brought

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Penguin Mk 2 mod 7 — Australian anti-ship missiles will buy New Zealand

Ministry of Defence of New Zealand began negotiations with the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence Systems (KDS) purchase antiship missiles Penguin Mk 2 mod 7 in Australia, reports Jane’s.   Norwegian company by agreement with the Australian Department of Defense has been a sellout missiles from the Royal Australian Navy. As expected, the contract for the supply of anti-ship missiles will be signed before the end of 2013.   Navy of New Zealand want to use their helicopter SH-2G Super Seasprite. Penguin missiles will be equipped with a total difficulties eight upgraded helicopters New Zealand Navy.   What specifically the number

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Penguin Mk 2 mod 7 — Australian anti-ship missiles will buy New Zealand

Ministry of Defence of New Zealand began negotiations with the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence Systems (KDS) purchase antiship missiles Penguin Mk 2 mod 7 in Australia, reports Jane’s.   Norwegian company by agreement with the Australian Department of Defense has been a sellout missiles from the Royal Australian Navy. As expected, the contract for the supply of anti-ship missiles will be signed before the end of 2013.   Navy of New Zealand want to use their helicopter SH-2G Super Seasprite. Penguin missiles will be equipped with a total difficulties eight upgraded helicopters New Zealand Navy.   What specifically the number

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The capital city of New Zealand threatens massive tsunami

September 28, 2013. Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research of New Zealand warned that the nation's capital, the city of Wellington, in the event of an earthquake with magnitude of at least 7 threatens massive tsunami.

Tremors of such force to cause a massive landslide in the canyon, which is located at the bottom of the Cook Strait, 10 km from the coastal areas of the city. Derailment of land just can cause a wave that hit the capital in 12 minutes after the earthquake.

Geologist Joshu Mountjoy indicates that about one in every 100

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 occurred off the coast of New Zealand

September 30, 2013. An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 occurred on Monday off the coast of New Zealand, reports The U.S. Geological Survey.

The tremors were recorded at 17:55 local time (9:55 MSK) at 870 kilometers north-east of Whangarei. Center lies at a depth of 34.8 kilometers.

Information on casualties or damage were reported. The threat of a tsunami were reported.

In July, 57 kilometers from the capital, Wellington earthquake of magnitude 6.5, which led to a temporary halt commuter trains and power outages in many areas of the country.

In February 2011, a powerful earthquake in the New Zealand city

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New Zealand on the way to the declaration of drought

September 30, 2013. After a long period of dry weather and lack of abnormal rainfall almost throughout the New Zealand authorities are seriously thinking about how to officially declare a state of drought.

Since the beginning of this summer the local rural economy experienced severe lack of rain, which affected the status of future crops and pastures, on which depends the well-being of livestock. The first in a dangerous state of drought came all the North Island, this was followed by the West Coast of the South Island. To "drought" may be extended to the first days of October.

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On the New Zealand hit a blizzard — the strongest in 20 years

June 20, 2013. The strongest over the past 20 years, a blizzard struck the New Zealand city of Otago, Canterbury and other parts of the country.

According to local media outlets, as a result of the disaster are de-energized over 3 thousand houses and dozens of flights canceled.

In the southern part of the country, in some regions, the snow depth reached one meter snow drifts blocked a number of roads.

At the moment, about the victims or the victims of the information has been received.

Source: ITAR-TASS

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On the New Zealand collapsed blizzard

June 21, 2013. On June 21 New Zealand collapsed ice storm, which led to the transport collapse, reports Associated Press. Information on casualties and no injuries were reported.

A wind speed of 36 meters per second. Because of the storm interrupted road and rail connections. Due to the continuity of power lines without light were approximately 30,000 homes. Wind uproots trees and tore off the roof. It is expected that the weather is already normalized by Saturday.

Local media report that the wave height near the capital Wellington reached 15 meters. They have washed away some coastal roads

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