The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has taken delivery of its first two new Agusta A109 aircraft at its operational air force base at Ohakea, New Zealand.

The new aircraft will be the first operational aircraft to enter service into 3 Squadron with the air force in more than four decades.

The Agusta A109 has primarily been designed as a light utility and training helicopter that will replace the existing two-seater Sioux trainers.

The New Zealand government placed an order for five A109s in 2008 at a cost of $139m, with orders for additional three aircraft.

The assembly on the first one is already in process, and the remaining four A109s are expected to be delivered by September.