The strategic deal will strengthen New Zealand’s diplomatic ties to the United States and underscores the government’s will to vigorously increase patrolling and surveillance operations in the region.
On Monday, New Zealand’s Defense Minister Ron Mark stated, New Zealand has agreed to purchase 4 Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft from the government of the United States.
The Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircrafts will replace the country’s aging Orion fleet.
The $1.6 billion (NZ$2.34 billion) deal includes training fees. The aircrafts are scheduled to start operating in 2023.
“This decision strengthens the coalition government’s Pacific reset by providing a maritime patrol capability with the significant range and endurance needed to assist our partners in the region,” said Mark in reference to the government’s plans to step up patrolling and surveillance operations in its maritime area.
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