New Zealand Navy to equip SH-2G aircraft with Penguin anti-ship missile

2 December 2013 (Last Updated December 2nd, 2013 18:30)

Kongsberg has been awarded a contract by the New Zealand Defence Force to deliver Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 anti-ship missiles.

Kongsberg has been awarded a contract by the New Zealand Defence Force to deliver Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 anti-ship missiles.

Under the contract, Kongsberg will supply Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 anti-ship missiles and associated equipment for installation on to the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN) new Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters.

Designed for use in the littorals and on open sea, the Penguin anti-ship cruise missile is a highly effective weapon with an accurate navigation system and sophisticated passive infra-red homing array.

"The Penguin anti-ship cruise missile is a highly effective weapon with an accurate navigation system and sophisticated passive infra-red homing array."

Kongsberg Defence Systems executive vice-president Pål Bratlie said, "The contract is for a limited number of missiles, however it is considered an important upgrade of New Zealand's navy."

The ship-launched version of Penguin is operational onboard small and medium-sized ships of different navies while the helicopter-launched Penguin is integrated to different types of helicopters and is operational with several nations.

Capable of operating in close proximity to land while being immune to all known radar countermeasures, IR-decoys and jamming, the missile is an effective weapon against most surface combatants.

Kaman Aerospace is currently under $120m contract with the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply ten SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite aircraft, spare parts, a full mission flight simulator and related logistics support for the RNZN.

The SH-2G Super Seasprite is a day/night/all-weather multi-mission helicopter designed to provide safe return-to-ship capability even in single-engine flight conditions.

Featuring fully integrated, multi-mission maritime weapon system, the SH-2G can support missions including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), over the horizon targeting, surveillance, troop transport, vertical replenishment, search-and-rescue and utility missions.