The supply chain in air capability acquisition by the New Zealand Defence Force : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Defence and Security Studies at Massey University, Manawatū, New Zealand

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Over the last decade the New Zealand Government has acquired and introduced into operational service, two important platforms for air power capability, namely the new NH90, and SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopters. The NH90 purchased new, and the Seasprite purchased second hand, are at different stages in their capability life cycles. The introductions of these aircraft have challenged support and sustainment within the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) supply chain, which has been hampered by organisational factors such as the lack of capability and sustainment corporate knowledge, resource constraints, culture, and insufficient priority being given to Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) model In-Service. Equally aircraft specific issues such as their product maturity, and relationships also challenge the supply chain. The most significant level of aircraft acquisition is still yet to come as the Government progresses towards the replacement of the RNZAF surveillance and mobility capability. Therefore it is vital to understand the effect on support and sustainment from recent acquisitions.
New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Aviation supplies and stores, Procurement, Business logistics