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75th Anniversary 1941-2016

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Sunderland Veterans Rolling Back The years

A Blast From the Past

Here is a series of Links kindly provided by Robin Klitscher. These links are pieces written
by RobinK which will be of interest to members, particularly the web-footers.


Australian Aviation News Item

The New Zealand Ministry of Defence has awarded Boeing a US$21.4 million contract to upgrade the fleet of six P-3K2 Orion aircraft with an undersea acoustics and intelligence technology that is intended to enable the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) to more effectively find, monitor and deter submarine threats. Boeing stated that it is currently supplying a similar system to the US Navy and the Indian Navy, and will soon install the system on Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8A Poseidon maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and response aircraft. Boeing will develop, install and test the new acoustic processing capability for the RNZAF, and will provide associated airborne, ground and classroom training, and spares and maintenance support. Boeing Defence Australia will provide through-life support, which will continue on a year-to-year basis until the aircraft are retired. Suppliers include Safe Air, Beca and Marops, and Sonartech Atlas. Development work will be performed in the US, with integration and testing in New Zealand.

Chairman’s Message to 2016 AGM

The 5 Squadron Association Trophy

was presented to

SQNLDR Mark Whiteside by Gordon Ragg February 2016


The award includes a printed copy of the citation and an inscribed plaque to be retained by the recipient. 

5 Squadron RNZAF Association Trophy Recipients

RNZAF Capability Development

RNZAF Projects

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.

Current projects:

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.


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