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New Zealand to buy new Boeing maritime patrol planes

AFP  |  Wellington 

announced plans today to spend NZ$2.35 billion (US$1.6 billion) on four P-8A maritime patrol from the

said they would replace the country's ageing fleet of six P-3 Orions which have been operating since the 1960s.

"The purchase enables to continue to deploy in a wide range of airborne maritime situations independently and, when required, work with partners including Australia, the and the United States," he said.

Mark added that approximately half of the budget would go towards purchasing the planes while the rest would be spent on costs such as infrastructure and flight simulators.

The new planes will begin operations in 2023.

The purchase comes just weeks after close neighbour announced plans to invest US$5.2 billion to develop and buy high-tech US drones for joint military operations and to monitor waters including the Sea.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 10:20 IST