Wellington, March 4 NZPA - The Government has given United States aircraft-maker Lockheed Martin an initial 10-year contract worth more than $US100 million ($NZ144 million) to provide the New Zealand army with warehousing and repair services.
The contract allows for syndication with other New Zealand agencies, and police, for which Lockheed Martin could also assume warehousing and facilities maintenance work.
The agreement includes the maintenance, repair and overhaul of equipment and services including soldier store acquisition, such as tents and weapons, Lockheed Martin said in a statement.
The army has 7500 regular and reserve forces and civilian staff. Approximately 500 defence force staff are deployed on multiple peacekeeping operations, United Nations missions and defence exercises.
The army's fleet of more than 500 vehicles includes light armoured vehicles, Pinzgauer light operational vehicles, Unimogs, and transport, service and supply vehicles.
"Our goal is to ensure we provide the best possible supply service in the most cost-effective way," said Debra Palmer, vice president of enterprise logistics solutions at Lockheed Martin's simulation, training and support business unit.
The contract begins in June, after a transition from the current service providers.