The New Zealand Government is intending to purchase four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes from the United States, to replace the retiring P-3 maritime patrol fleet.
This could cost up to US$1.4 billion (NZ$2.03 billion)
According to the Boeing website the planes are designed for “long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions”.
The proposed purchase of the P-8 Poseidon will allow New Zealand to recapitalise, modernise and sustain its MSA capability for the next 30 years. As a long-time P-3 operator, New Zealand will have no difficulty transitioning its MSA force to the P-8A and absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in the United States has stated that the proposed sale of the equipment would not alter the basic military balance in the region.