Defence Force gets first of four planes from NZ

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The PNG Defence Force yesterday received the first of its four Government-funded PAC-750 aircraft from New Zealand.
The aircraft was manufactured by Pacific Aerospace in New Zealand, were bought at a cost of K8m, under Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s commitment to rural programmes and maritime surveillance for National Fisheries Authority.
National Planning Minister Richard Maru said the new aircraft would be used for internal security duties during the Apec summit.
Under the government’s rural programmes, the aircraft will also mobilise troops to rural areas during disasters and other duties.
“It is history in the making,” Maru said.
The PAC-750 is unique in its extreme take-off and landing capabilities. It is versatile and suitable for operations in rural and remote airstrips in the country.
Defence Minister Solan Mirisim said the aircraft would assist troops during Apec, border security and other rural duties.