The U.S. State Department approves the sale of C-130J aircraft to New Zealand.
The DSCA — a U.S. cooperation agency in defense and security field — announced that New Zealand may be provided with five Lockheed Martin C-130J transport aircraft. This FMS worth $1.4 billion still have to be approved by the U.S. Congress. The contract also includes staff training, spare parts and the technical and logistical support necessary for the reception and implementation of the aircraft.
The aim of acquiring the C-130Js is to replace New Zealand’s C-130Hs fleet. New Zealand’s Ministry of Defense had thus expressed its interest in the aircraft last June.