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  • New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft
    New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft November 26 2019
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand of five C-130J aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.4 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of New Zealand has requested to buy five C-130J aircraft; 24 Rolls Royce AE-2100D3 turboprop engines (20 installed, four spares).  
  • Lego Brick for Engineers June 17 2019
      Engineer troops reduce building time with modular blocks. Soldiers of NC0 11 Infantry school made a training activities on engineering duties. With the training program held with assistance of Australia and New Zealand, Iraqi personnel held building activities.   A special hardened plastic bricks used in the training activities. These blocks are made of hardened plastic. These bricks have a shape similar to lego. With this, no adhesive needed during b...
  • Last Days Before Launching
    Last Days Before Launching April 18 2019
    The Republic of Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) made a statement about the construction of the new logistic support ship. The ship, which will provide supplies, water, ammunition and spare parts replenishment vessels in the open sea to the friendly and allied platforms, will meet the sea in April. The first part of the construction of the new logistic support ship, which was built for the Royal New Zealand Navy and is planned to be commissioned under the name of HMNZS Aot...
  • Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite
    Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite January 11 2019
    Russia’s Aerospace Forces has confirmed that a bright object spotted in the sky over New Zealand was a missile defence satellite launched 12 years ago.  Videos on social media published this weekend appeared to show a bright object streaking through the sky. The Kosmos-2430 missile early-warning satellite went out of orbit on Saturday, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing North American Aerospace DefencE Command (NORAD) data.  ...
  • Hyundai Starts Building New Zealand’s Naval Fleet Tanker
    Hyundai Starts Building New Zealand’s Naval Fleet Tanker August 16 2018
    Korean Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has laid down a 173 m the fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) on 13 August at HHI’s facilities in Ulsan. New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced the ceremony from official social publishing platform. The tanker was acquired under a USD323 million contract announced in 2016. Aotearoa will displace 24,000 tonnes with an overall length of 166 m, an overall beam of 24.5 m, and a design draught of 8.5 m &n...
  • New Zealand to Procure Simulator
    New Zealand to Procure Simulator August 10 2018
    New Zealand Government has approved the purchase of the NH90 simulator from Canada-based CAE. The simulators will be used for pilot training of NH90 utility helicopters in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) inventory. For the simulator planned to be deployed at RNZAF Ohakeha Base, New Zealand will pay 28.42 million US Dollars. A new building is required for the installation of the 10 meter high training device. Simulator device will be constructed in Montreal, Canada....
  • New Zealand Approves Poseidon Procurement
    New Zealand Approves Poseidon Procurement July 10 2018
    New Zealand has approved four P-8 Poseidon procurement. With the deal amounting to $ 2,346 billion, six P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft which are in New Zealand's inventory will be replaced. Before the Orion's end of operational life, which planned to end in 2025, the Poseidons are expected to start operations in 2023. Under the agreement, new aircraft, as well as necessary training systems, structural equipment will be supplied. Defence Minister Ron...
  • Control Rush at South Pacific Grows
    Control Rush at South Pacific Grows June 25 2018
    New Zealand is preparing to make the largest military procurement of recent years in a single attempt. The country is planning to replace six aging P-3K2 Orion aircraft in its inventory. New Zealand Defense Secretary Ron Mark, who is in charge of explaining this issue, said plans were being made to replace planes with P-8 Poseidons and that the change was one step closer. The procurement plan to be submitted to the Cabinet's Government Management and Expenditure Review Committee...
  • New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft
    New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft May 16 2018
    The Royal New Zealand Air Force's (RNZAF's) first leased Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft has been certified for use, the Ministry of Defence announced on 10 May. New Zealand leased a total of four King Air 350s and the remaining aircraft will be delivered progressively into 2019.  The new aircraft will replace RNZAF's King Air 200 platforms. The aircraft will be used for pilot training and two of the four King Air 350s will be configur...
  • LM Canada Will Upgrade New Zealand Frigates
    LM Canada Will Upgrade New Zealand Frigates April 30 2018
    Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) handed over its HMNZS Te Kaha frigate to Lockheed Martin Canada for combat management system upgrade. HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) is one of ten Anzac class frigates, and one of two serving in the RNZN. This marks the first time that a foreign warship has been modernized in Canada since the Second World War. The contract for the upgrade of two Anzac-class frigates was signed in 2014. Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin Canada is responsible for designing and ...
  • The Last Battlecruiser in the Seas Project 1144 Orlan; Namely, Kirov
    The Last Battlecruiser in the Seas Project 1144 Orlan; Namely, Kirov April 7 2018
    Project 1144 Orlan (Sea Eagle) class cruisers, being the largest surface battleships today, are more widely known as the Kirov class. Those familiar with or enthusiasts of naval systems can find it odd that we are using the plural form. Indeed, it is only the RFNS Petr Velikiy that is currently operational. However, Russia is planning that RFNS Admiral Lazarev and RFNS Nakhimov resume service in 2020. It is further the case that the first of this class, Kirov, is expected to rise out of its a...
  • Australia Girded Loins
    Australia Girded Loins February 9 2018
    Legitimising military intervention in domestic terrorist incidents, refusing to become a party to the latest UN nuclear weapon ban treaty, and increasing arms exports to boost employment are among the recent offensive policies of Australia... The latest example of Australia’s increasingly “hawkish” security policies is the Turnbull Government’s ambitious plan to make the country one of the world’s top 10 weapons exporters within the n...
  • Hawkeis in Iraq
    Hawkeis in Iraq January 29 2018
    Thales production Hawkei 4x4 wheeled armored vehicle deployed in Iraq. It was stated that the Australian Defense Department, vehicles was being deployed under the LAND 121 Project. Two Hawkeis, one with a four-door configuration and one with a two-door configuration, were deployed in Iraq for testing under battle conditions. Vehicles were deployed at the Taji Military Training Base, where Australia and New Zealand are partners. The performance of the vehicle will be measured in the tasks sche...
  • Special Op Vehicle Boost to New Zealand
    Special Op Vehicle Boost to New Zealand January 19 2018
    Supacat company has announced that the fleet of Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) has been accepted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence. The fleet is to enter service with the New Zealand Defence Force early this year.  The new SOV-MH vehicles are based on the latest MkII version of Supacat’s HMT Extenda which can be configured to either a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration to meet different operational requirements. 
  • New Zealand In Search
    New Zealand In Search October 26 2017
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is set to initiate a project next year to identify options for the replacement of its ANZAC frigates HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Te ManaThe frigates are planned to be replaced after 2030 and a number of preliminary workstreams are already underway to inform government understanding on options for naval combat capability.
  • New Simulator for New Zealand
    New Simulator for New Zealand August 14 2017
    New Zealand has issued a request for tenders for a NH90 medium utility helicopter simulator to train pilots. The country's Air Force anticipates an annual “flying“ rate for the simulator of between one thousand 500 and one thousand 900 hours. The deliveries will be completed within the two years after signing the contract.   
  • USA on Confidence Tour July 31 2017
    New Zealand, Japan and USA are organized an exercise in Guam between 31st July-12th August 2017. Within the GUAMEX 2017 Exercise, participiants aimed improve interoperability and sufficiency at Anti-Submarine Warfare. In exercise, many scenarios including sub-surface vessels and aircraft expected to improve operation capabilities about rising threats. This defence exercise is new stage in Pacific which is the scene of countries' recent demonstrations.
  • Poseidon to Replace Orion
    Poseidon to Replace Orion May 1 2017
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand for P-8A aircraft and associated support, in replacement of the country's P-3 Orion fleet which has been in service for more than 40 years. The estimated cost of this possible sale is $1,46 billion. The prime contractor will be the Boeing Company, along with various additional contractors. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale....
  • New Zealand Named Its Future Tanker
    New Zealand Named Its Future Tanker April 12 2017
    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has announced the name and homeport of its new naval fleet tanker on 10 April. Going to be built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), HMNZS Aotearoa is scheduled to be delivered to the navy by January, 2020 and replace HMNZS Endeavour. The vessel will be homeported in New Plymouth, Taranaki, on New Zealand's North Island. 166 m-long, 24,000-tonne vessel will become the largest ship to ever be opera...
  • 'Latest Tech' Competition in Satellite Services
    'Latest Tech' Competition in Satellite Services March 27 2017
    Washington is to issue a request of information on the latest satellite technologies under Wideband Communications Services (WCS) Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) study. Stating that the main goal was to ensure the military's capabilities were up-to-date, an official from the US Air Force emphasized the RFI would be issued “shortly” by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.  Sixteen partner nations have been invited to participate in the WC...
  • Joint Drill by Commonwealth Nations
    Joint Drill by Commonwealth Nations February 15 2017
    Canada, Australia and New Zealand conducted a three-day joint naval drill, dubbed Nga Tahi, off the east coast of New Zealand. The anti-submarine warfare exercise was aimed to strengthen military ties and refine common operating procedures among participating countries. Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Dechaineux, Royal New Zealand Navy's Anzac frigates HMNZ Te Kaha and HMNZ Te Mana, and the Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax-class...
  • Japan is into selling Kawasaki P-1 and, C-2 to New Zealand
    Japan is into selling Kawasaki P-1 and, C-2 to New Zealand January 3 2017
    Japan’s defence industry is trying to sell its transport and maritime patrol aircraft to New Zealand. Japan offers the Kawasaki P-1 and C-2 to Wellington.  According to Nikkei Asian Review, Tokyo gave Wellington unclassified data on both aircraft in September last year. The Japanese government adopted three principles on the transfer of defence equipment and technology in April 2014, greatly relaxing the requirements for arms exports. But it has done little under the new ...
  • UK's Typhoons in Asia-Pasific Region
    UK's Typhoons in Asia-Pasific Region November 21 2016
    Four Typhoons and a Voyager tanker transport aircraft of the UK Royal Air Force have participated Exercise Eastern Venture which took place in the Asia-Pacific region. Exercise began with Typhoon aircraft deploying from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to Malaysia and Singapore, for training as part of the Five Power Defence Arrangement between the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The aircraft also visited the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam in the frame of Eastern Venture milita...
  • Command-Control Entrusted to Systematic
    Command-Control Entrusted to Systematic November 16 2016
    Systematic has been awarded a $7,7 million contract by the New Zealand Defence Force to support its Network Enabled Army (NEA) programme. The NEA Programme aims to enhance C4ISR capability of the NZ Army by improving its battlefield command-and-control system, communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor systems. The contact includes Systematic's SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software suite as well as design and implementation support services. Sit...
  • Chinese Frigate Will Be Deployed in New Zealand
    Chinese Frigate Will Be Deployed in New Zealand October 20 2016
    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will assign its Type 054A (Jiangkai II)-class guided-missile frigate Yancheng for a naval review scheduled to be held in New Zealand, in Novermber 2016. The US, Japan, India and Republic of Korea will also participate the review with their naval assets along with 10 other countries.  
  • New Propulsion System by Rolls-Royce
    New Propulsion System by Rolls-Royce September 22 2016
    Rolls-Royce announced on 20 September that the company will supply a combined diesel electric and diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system, and electrical systems for the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) new fleet tanker. Replacing the supply ship, HMNZS Endeavour, the new vessel will be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) under a $360 million contract signed in July 2016. The ship will be able to carry 8 thousand tonnes of diesel fuel, 1 thousand 550 tonnes of aviation fuel, and ...
  • New Zealand's Quest For Coastal Support Vessel
    New Zealand's Quest For Coastal Support Vessel September 5 2016
    New Zealand set off on a quest for a vessel to support coastal operations. According to the request for tender issued on Friday, the new Royal New Zealand Navy vessel should have the surveillance ability from the coast out to 60-100 meters deep in water. The new vessel is tosupport military diving operations and mine countermeasures, and its operational range will include New Zealand’s littoral waters and the South Pacific. The contract price is expected to...