New Zealand seeks C-130J aircraft
New Zealand is looking to acquire five C-130J aircraft via the US government’s foreign military sales programme.
Along with the aircraft, New Zealand has requested a package of supporting equipment worth a combined $1.4 billion.
Equipment includes AE-2100D3 turboprop engines; Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems; Multi-Information Distribution System (MIDS)/Link-16 Low Video Terminal (LVT)-BU2; AN/AAQ-24(V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures System Processor Replacement and Guardian Laser Transmitter Assembly.
Also included are AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems; AN/APN-241 Low Power Color Radar; AN/ALR-56M Missile Warning System Receiver; AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing System; MX-20HD Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging System; along with other sensors and communications equipment.
New Zealand currently operates the C-130H aircraft. The C-130J aircraft will assist New Zealand during extensive maritime surveillance and reconnaissance as well as improve its search and rescue capability. Additionally, the extra cargo capacity and aircraft performance will greatly increase New Zealand's Antarctic mission capabilities.
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