The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $1.46bn foreign military sale of P-8A aircraft to New Zealand.

New Zealand seeks to receive up to four P-8A patrol aircraft and associated support.

Each aircraft will include commercial engines, tactical open mission software, electro-optical and infrared MX-20HD, AN/AAQ-2(V)1 acoustic system, AN/APY-10 radar, and ALQ-240 electronic support measures.

The sale also covers eight multifunctional information distribution system joint tactical radio systems, five Guardian laser transmitter assemblies for the AN/AAQ-24(V)N, five system processors for AN/AAQ-24(V)N, and 30 AN/AAR-54 missile warning sensors for the AN/AAQ-24(V)N. In addition, the sale covers ten LN-251 embedded global positioning systems/inertial navigations systems (EGIs).

New Zealand also requested support equipment, operation support systems, maintenance trainer/classrooms, publications, and software, engineering and logistics technical assistance. Alongside this, the country has applied for foreign liaison officer support, contractor engineering technical services, repair and return, transportation and other associated training, support equipment and services.

The procurement of these defence articles and services will contribute to New Zealand's maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) capability, following the retirement of its P-3K maritime patrol aircraft.

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"Boeing will serve as prime contractor for the sale, strengthening collective defence and enhancing New Zealand’s regional and global allied contributions."

Boeing will serve as prime contractor for the sale, strengthening collective defence and enhancing New Zealand’s regional and global allied contributions.

New Zealand has procured and operated US-made P-3 MSA for more than 40 years, providing critical capabilities to Nato and coalition maritime operations.

The Boeing-built P-8A Poseidon aircraft has been designed for long-range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The aircraft can also be used for broad-area maritime and littoral operations and is powered by two CFM56-7 engines.