Software company Beca Applied Technologies said today they have signed a five year contract with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) to maintain software on six Orion aircraft.
The new agreement with Beca is the first long term high technology consultancy and services contract signed by the RNZAF.
"This contract will see the Orions using technology that is cutting edge and that will be more adaptable to the ongoing needs of the Air Force and Government," said Air Force chief Air Vice-Marshal Graham Lintott.
The services will be provided to the RNZAF's Integrated Mission Support Squadron (IMSS), which is tasked with providing mission support to all RNZAF platforms. As part of the contract, Beca's specialist software services team will be based at the IMSS's base in Whenuapai.
Beca's Dr Thomas Hyde said his company had a good understanding of the RNZAF's Orion software and systems.