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State Dept Clears US’ $1B P-8A Aircraft, Associated Support Deal With New Zealand

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
  • DLS/NiaSat
  • DRS
  • 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
  • Raytheon
  • Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL)
  • Spirit Aero (NYSE: SPR)
  • Symmetries Telephonics
  • Terma
  • Viking

DSCA notified Congress of the potential sale on Thursday.

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