NZ6 wrote:aerorobnz wrote:They should split the transport plane from the VIP. Just get a second-hand Global express ot G550 for around 15mill and configure it to your own requirements. If they still want a second use of the VIP, make it configurable as a MediVac aircraft at short notice
I can't see the NZ public accepting the purchase of specialist VIP aircraft for Defence Chiefs or Diplomates.
I cannot think of anyone important enough in NZ to use a private jet like this, the PM flies frequently on commercial services with members of the DPS. Foreign leaders who need this type of transport typically supply their own, we've seen this with the US President.
There are times when the Defence flies large groups of dignitaries around, the same aircraft can transport smaller groups but along with this, transporting large groups of Defence personnel is where you can start justifying the multi-use aircraft.
For larger groups, look at the leases NZ has done with the Singapore Defence for many years. Flying troops between SIN-ROC for training.
As for timelines, it's at the backend of a decade away, without delays etc which will inevitably occur....
Page 30 of the Defence Capability Plan 2019
https://defence.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/ ... n-2019.pdfFuture Strategic Air Mobility
179. Operations in the Pacific and globally will require an air transport option for the movement of personnel, equipment and stores over long ranges. The eventual withdrawal from service of the current Boeing 757 fleet will allow for the procurement of a strategic airlift capability that meets capability requirements across a range of tasks.
Industry engagement commences – 2021
Request for tender – 2024
Introduction into Service – 2028
Indicative capital cost:
There is very regular need for small delegations of VIP and Govt staffers, and occasionally accompanied by media, for travelling to various places around the globe, and regularly around the Pacific. The 757’s are regularly abused for this purpose as they end up with far fewer people than they’re capable of carrying. Also, they’re too big or not suited for runways in Kiribati and Tuvalu etc. A smaller plane makes sense. And when you picture VIP, don’t picture luxury, it wouldn’t be like that in a New Zealand govt configuration.