New Zealand outlines plans to spend $20bn on military capabilities by 2030


New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has set out the government's new plan to spend $20bn on military capabilities by 2030.

Brownlee said that the Defence Capability Plan 2016 is the next step in delivering on the defence white paper released in June this year.

Under the plan, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) will procure new transport aircraft to replace existing C-130 and B757 fleets.

"The $1.7bn programme of capital investment to rejuvenate the Defence Estate is one of the biggest opportunities for New Zealand suppliers to be involved, particularly for the local construction sector."

Brownlee said: “For the first time, the Defence Capability Plan includes indicative capital cost and schedule bands for major projects, to demonstrate the relative scale and timing of the investments.”

The proposed investment will see the procurement of high mobility vehicles for the Special Air Service and an ice-strengthened naval tanker.

The government will also spend on modern combat vessels to replace the Anzac frigates that are currently in service.

The plan also includes the digitisation of land forces through the Network Enabled Army programme.

Additionally, New Zealand military will get modern weapons and protective equipment; protected mobility vehicles; and secure strategic communications capabilities.

Brownlee added: “For New Zealand suppliers, knowing the size and scope of capability investment opens up opportunities for partnering with other contractors to provide through-life support arrangements for major assets, or to suggest niche technology solutions.

“The $1.7bn programme of capital investment to rejuvenate the Defence Estate is one of the biggest opportunities for New Zealand suppliers to be involved, particularly for the local construction sector.”

The government has also approved upgrades to the underwater surveillance capability of the P-3 Orion and has requested tenders for a littoral operations vessel.