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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency informed Congress on 20 November of State Department approval for the sale of five C-130J aircraft and associated equipment and support to New Zealand, at a total estimated contract price of $1.4 billion (€1.27 billion).

In addition to the five aircraft, the New Zealand government’s request includes: 24 Rolls Royce AE-2100D3 turboprop engines; 15 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) with GPS security devices; eight Multi-Information Distribution System (MIDS)/Link-16 Low Video Terminal (LVT)-BU2; 13 AN/AAQ-24(V)N LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures) System Processor Replacement (LSPR); 19 Guardian Laser Transmitter Assembly for LAIRCM; eight AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System (MWS); eight AN/APN-241 Low Power Color Radar; eight AN/ALR-56M Missile Warning System Receiver; 15 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing System; six MX-20HD Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging System; 44 Missile Warning Sensor, LAIRCM; Control Interface Unit Replacement, LAIRCM; classified memory cards, LAIRCM; Low Volume Terminal Cryptographic Modules KIV-55; AN/ARC-210 RT-1990A(C) Radio; AN/ARC-164(V) RT-1518 Radio; AN/ARC-153 Tactical Air Navigation; AN/ARN-147 VHF Receiver; AN/ARC-190 HF Radio; AN/ARC-222 VHF Radio w/SINCGARS; Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program (ECISAP) support, plus support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment and other related elements of logistical and programme support.

The proposed sale, for which the prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin, will improve New Zealand's capability to meet current and future threats by enhancing its current airlift capability. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Acquisition of the C-130J will bring commonality in the operational environment between New Zealand and Australia. (Photo: Royal Australian Air Force)

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