• Boeing Receives Highest Industry Honor from New Zealand Minister of Defence

    December 7, 2018

    New Zealand Minister of Defence Ron Mark presented Boeing with one of the highest industry honors for its program to upgrade the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion fleet with underwater acoustics and intelligence capabilities.

    The Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence, managed by the Defence Industry Advisory Council, were held after the closure of this year’s New Zealand Defence Industry Association Forum in Palmerston North. 

    “Boeing’s exceptional leadership of this upgrade project, with the team of New Zealand companies supporting it, is a great example of the collaboration that I am keen to see expanded into other defence capabilities,” said Defence Minister Mark.

    Since receiving the contract in late 2016, Boeing and its partners have come together to provide a truly integrated solution that advances the RNZAF’s airborne anti-submarine warfare capability – from aircraft installation and software to in-flight and ground-based simulation training. 

    “This award is a testament to the collective one team spirit and commitment to success we share with our program partners and customer,” said Rob Bergeron, Boeing Underwater Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance program manager.

    Developed in the United States and tested in New Zealand, the upgrades will enable the RNZAF to more effectively discover, monitor and deter submarine threats as it continues to adopt state-of-the-art technologies in the years to come.

    “The upgrade of the Orion acoustics system, which was tested successfully under RIMPAC’s [Rim of the Pacific’s] realistic conditions recently, ensures New Zealand retains its maritime patrol capabilities,” said Defence Minister Mark.

    To date, Boeing has delivered four systems to the RNZAF, with the remaining two scheduled to be delivered by 2019. Boeing shares the defence industry award with partners Airbus New Zealand Ltd., Beca and Marops Ltd.