New Zealand Buys Lockhead Hercules Planes Worth $1bn

New Zealand’s military said on Friday that it would buy five Super Hercules transport planes from United States manufacturer Lockheed Martin for $1bn. The planes will replace the military’s existing fleet of Hercules planes, all of which are more than 50 years old and have been involved in a series of embarrassing breakdowns in recent years. Defence Minister Ron Mark said the new planes would be used for operations in New Zealand, the South Pacific and Antarctica. “Generations of New Zealanders have grown up and grown old with the Hercules,…

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