Air Force Orions to get an upgrade

  • 23/08/2016

The Air Force's six Orion aircraft are getting a $36 million upgrade to enhance their underwater surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says New Zealand businesses Safe Air, Beca and Marops Ltd will be involved in the upgrade.

"Knowing what is happening underwater is integral to monitoring submarine activity," Mr Brownlee said on Tuesday.

"This is particularly important in the Asia-Pacific region which is home to two-thirds of the world's submarines."