RNZAF Capability Development
Air Capability development and delivery is the responsibility of the Assistant Chief Capability, HQNZDF. This includes the Introduction into Service of new and upgraded aircraft.
The Defence White Paper, released in June 2016, sets out the Government’s expectations for Defence over the coming decades. The White Paper provides Defence with the direction it needs to be able to effectively prioritise the roles and tasks it undertakes, both at home and overseas, and guide the modernisation of many of the Defence Force’s military capabilities.
- P-3K2 Orion upgrade - The P-3K2 Orion surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft provide a wide area surveillance capability critical to maintaining awareness of New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone and the Southern Ocean and the South Pacific. They also enable the Government to continue to offer a highly valued capability to international coalition operations. Work is currently underway to upgrade the Orions' underwater intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities, with the entire capability scheduled for replacement in the mid-2020s.