Japan is reportedly talking with New Zealand about possible export of the country’s military C-2 transport and P-1 maritime patrol planes. The agreement, potentially worth several billion dollars, would also include MRO services for the aircraft.
Experts say that Tokyo will probably make a proposal to Wellington in the first half of the year, with a detailed breakdown of pricing for the aircraft per se as well as additional services.
New Zealand is going to appoint the contract for military patrol and transport planes in the second half of 2017. Japan will have to compete head-to-head with proposals coming from European and North American manufacturers, including Boeing’s P-8 patrol aircraft.
If Japan manages to woo New Zealand, this would become Tokyo’s first major arms contract after the ban on arms export was lifted in 2014.