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NZ considers buying maritime patrol planes

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/04/2017

A US Navy Boeing Poseidon P8 on display. © EDGAR SU/REUTERS A US Navy Boeing Poseidon P8 on display. The New Zealand government is considering buying four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes from the United States.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in the US has released details of the potential sale, which it says could have a price tag of $US1.4 billion (NZ$2.03 billion).

The DSCA notified Congress of the possible sale on April 27.

New Zealand intends to use the planes for maritime surveillance as it retires P-3K maritime patrol aircraft.

The proposed sale will enhance the foreign policy and national security of the United States by strengthening the security of a major non-NATO ally, DSCA says.

"New Zealand is a close ally in the region and an important partner on critical foreign policy and defence issues," the agency says.

The proposed sale will allow New Zealand to modernise its maritime surveillance capability for the next 30 years.

It does not alter the basic military balance in the region, DSCA says.

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