New Zealand Air Force has received 1st upgraded P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Whenuapai airbase. Total of six P-3 Orion aircrafts will be upgraded to increase their reconnaissance capabilities. 

This upgrade covers replacement of the navigation and communications systems and improvements to its radar system.

New Zealand Air Force will use its upgraded P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft to detect illegal fishing boats and suspicious activities at sea around New Zealand.

Upgradation process is under process in the United States under a contract worth $373 million for the six P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

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