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New Zealand Issues RFI for New Transport, Surveillance Aircraft
By: Nick Lee-Frampton, August 19, 2016
New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence issued a request for information Aug. 18 for aircraft to ensure continued air mobility and air surveillance operations beyond 2020.
Currently the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) relies on a fleet of five Lockheed C-130H Hercules and two Boeing 757-200 Combi aircraft for air transport and six Lockheed P-3K2 Orions for air surveillance.
The first Hercules replacement is to be delivered by February 2020 to allow initial operational capability to be declared in February 2021, with full operational capability achieved by February 2024.