Soldiers preparing the guns for aerial lift by the NH90 - Ex Ben Cat 2014
9 October 2014
The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 helicopter and crew recently participated in a joint training exercise with the New Zealand Army’s 161 Battery to move four L119 Howitzer guns by air.
The NH90 provides the New Zealand Defence Force with increased air lift capability and can lift a complete Howitzer. Prior to the NH90, the Iroquois’ were used for moving the guns but this was a significantly longer process with several helicopters involved - each gun had to be dismantled and transported in a few pieces due to their weight.
During the exercise four guns were lifted, their teams, ammunition and extra equipment.
This video shows the Army preparing the guns for aerial lift, the gun under-slung by the NH90 moving from Waiouru Military Camp to the wider training area, and the Howitzer gun in action.
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Video Link: http://youtu.be/7HVFzUGESCs