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Defence Force gets a budget boost

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/05/2017
A crew member looks out an observation window aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion. © Reuters/Richard Polden A crew member looks out an observation window aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion.

The Defence Force has been given a budget boost with $406 million for its operations and $576m for capital spending over the next four years.

Defence Minister Mark Mitchell says it's a major increase.

"It is vital that the NZDF has what it needs to meet the country's security and defence interests," he said.

"One of our biggest priorities is ensuring the NZDF has the right people with the right training ready when needed, and this funding will support a range of personnel initiatives."

Capital funding includes:

* $100m to improve defence camps and bases throughout the country, including facility upgrades in Auckland, Manawatu and Canterbury

* $301.7m for the Littoral Operations Support Ship and the Frigate Communications Upgrade

* $36.1m to replace the underwater intelligence, surveillance systems fitted to the RNZAF's six P-3K2 Orions

* $28.2m for counter-explosive hazard and counter-improvised explosive device capability

* $110m to invest in a modern, efficient logistics system that will enable smaller fleets of military equipment to be held and to ensure that equipment is safe.

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