New Zealand will order four P8-A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Boeing costing US$1.6 Billion to replace six aging Orion patrolling planes.
Defense Minister Ron Mark was quoted as saying by AP on Monday that the country will take delivery of the planes and begin operations from 2023 and will pay for the planes and infrastructure over a number of years. "Maintaining a maritime patrol capability is essential for New Zealand, for national security and for our ability to contribute to global security efforts," Mark said.
Mark said the purchase allowed New Zealand to tap into the billions of dollars in research that had been poured into the planes, and that flying the same aircraft as military counterparts in Canada, the U.S. and Australia would be a huge advantage.
According to Boeing, the planes are designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
Mark said one operation the planes could help carry out would be to gather high-quality images and intelligence on illegal fishing that takes place in the Southern Ocean. He added New Zealand could use the information to help prosecute offenders in international courts.
The US State Department has approved sale of four P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft for $1.46 billion to New Zealand
The Royal New Zealand Navy will get its largest ever ship, 1 24,000 ton vessel costing an approximate $493 million in 2020. The 173-meter long vessel, Aotearoa, will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries
New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee launched the Defence Capability Plan 2016, detailing the NZ$20 billion investment in capability needed out to 2030. According to the plan, “Since then the government has agreed to the procurement of an ice-strengthened naval tanker and high mobility vehicles for the Special Air Service,” Brownlee said
Boeing received a $2,469,582,995 contract to exercise an option for the manufacture and delivery of 20 Lot III full-rate production P-8A aircraft for the Navy (16), and the Government of Australia (4). The P8-A Poseidon are advanced maritime surveillance aircraft and only Australia and India besides the US Navy has them
The New Zealand Defense Forces (NZDF) new 9040 infantry rifles have been replaced due to breakage after it was brought into service. The MARS-L rifle bought as part of a $59 million deal to replace Steyr rifles
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