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Boeing to help Kiwis detect submarines

30th August 2016 - 06:15 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


Boeing has scooped a contract to upgrade Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Lockheed Martin P-3K2 Orion aircraft with an underwater intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability.

Announced on 24 August, the deal covering all six Orions of the fleet is worth NZ$36 million (US$26.3 million), with Boeing down-selected last November. This will reinstate an anti-submarine capability for the RNZAF Orions.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee commented: ‘Knowing what is happening underwater is integral to monitoring submarine activity. This is particularly important in the Asia-Pacific region, which is home to two-thirds of the world’s submarines.’

Brownlee admitted that the ‘current Orion

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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