The disclosure that 92 missions flown by RNZAF P3 Orions have been intercepted by the jets of foreign powers is sending shock waves through the broader defence community.
Details of the incidents, including the identity of the foreign powers and the exact locations of the interceptions, were withheld on national security grounds under the Official Information Act.
The NZ Herald broke the story after it had been withheld on national security grounds.
What is alarming is that the public is left unaware of the risks which are routinely carried by defence personnel as they fly these missions. It also points to the need for greater defence spending to ensure the RNZAF, and other defence services, have the resources they need for the complex tasks they are expected to undertake.
Defence chief of staff Air Commodore A. J. Woods told the NZ Herald the 92 intercepts of the P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol planes happened across 234 missions since 2015. Continue reading “Secrecy shrouds details of RNZAF planes being intercepted while flying on missions overseas”