The State Department has approved New Zealand’s request to purchase four P-8A patrol aircraft and associated support under a potential $1.5 billion foreign military sales agreement with the U.S. government.
New Zealand requested commercial engines, Tactical Open Mission Software, electro-optical and infrared MX-20HD, AN/AAQ-2(V)1 acoustic system, AN/APY-10 radar, ALQ-240 electronic support measures and others, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Friday.
The deal also covers support equipment, operation support systems, maintenance trainer/classrooms, publications, software, engineering and logistics technical assistance, among other services.
P-8A will replace New Zealand’s P-3K maritime patrol aircraft and the proposed sale will support the country’s efforts to recapitalize, modernize and sustain its maritime surveillance capacity for the next three decades, DSCA added.
Boeing (NYSE: BA) will serve as the prime contractor and additional contractors will include:
- Air Cruisers Co.
- Arnprior Aerospace
- AVOX Zodiac Aerospace
- BAE Systems
- Canadian Commercial Corp.
- Compass David Clark
- GC Micro
- General Electric (NYSE: GE)
- Harris (NYSE: HRS) and its Exelis subsidiary
- Joint Electronics
- L3 Technologies’ (NYSE: LLL) WESCAM division
- Martin Baker
- Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)
- Pole Zero
- Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL)
- Spirit Aero (NYSE: SPR)
- Symmetries Telephonics
DSCA notified Congress of the potential sale on Thursday.