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N.Z. to buy Boeing sea patrol planes

The Associated Press WELLINGTON (AP) — New Zealand is buying four Boeing maritime patrol planes from the U.S. to replace aging aircraft, Defense Minister Ron Mark said Monday.

The planes will cost 2.35 billion New Zealand dollars ($1.6 billion), including training systems, infrastructure and other associated costs, he said.

It will take delivery of the planes and begin operations from 2023 and will pay for the planes and infrastructure over a number of years.

“Maintaining a maritime patrol capability is essential for New Zealand, for national security and for our ability to contribute to global security efforts,” Mark said.

The P8-A Poseidon planes will replace six aging Orion patrol planes operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Mark said the purchase allowed New Zealand to tap into the billions of dollars in research that had been poured into the planes, and that flying the same aircraft as military counterparts in Canada, the U.S. and Australia would be a huge advantage.Speech

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