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First Test Aircraft New Zealand P-8A • Pilot & Aircraft

WASHINGTON — Boeing has completed a test flight of the first of four P-8A Poseidons to be delivered to the New Zealand Navy after the aircraft was withdrawn from the spray booth in late July. Its construction was made possible after the government in Wellington converted an export license granted by the US Senate in July 2018 into a definitive order.

The New Zealand Navy will receive the necessary operational equipment and aircraft maintenance support. Boeing and the US Navy will provide training for crew members and technicians.

After the retirement of the forty-six-year-old P-3K2 Orions, New Zealand was looking for a modern Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA). Poseidon can carry out reconnaissance and patrol flights, but the device is also capable of attacking submarines and ships.

Prior to the deliveries, Canadian CAE sold the P-8A Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) to Boeing to train New Zealand crews.

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