As reported earlier - one of the Mil-34C (Hermit in NATO terms) helicopters is now with Heli Maintenance at Christchurch with intentions of being placed on the NZ civil aircraft register.
The first example selected from the batch of six imported, ex the Nigerian Air Force, is NAF 557 (c/n 9783034102005).
This has a date of manufacture of 28-11-2001 and has accumulated all of 127 flying hours - last flight being in 2003.
The four bladed main rotor and the two bladed tail rotors are of composite material.
The engine is the Vedeneyev M14B26B radial of around 330hp and is mounted north/south.
Also at Heli Maintenance today was the Wairakei Holdings Ltd's Aero L-29 ZK-JRF (c/n 892851) ready for CAA inspection.