The retired Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois helicopter fleet has been sold for parts.
Following an international tendering process, Dakota Air Parts of the United States has been selected as the successful bidder for 10 of the 13 airframes, and spares.
The confidential total sale price is estimated in the $3-5 million range.
Three of the 13 airframes were retained for display purposes – the New Zealand Army and Air Force museums getting one each with the third remain at its former home base at Ohakea.
A further partial airframe was loaned to the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology as a training aid.
The sale to Dakota Air Parts is subject to final United States and New Zealand government approvals.
The Iroquois fleet was formally retired from service in June this year – replaced by seven NH90 helicopters.
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