More that an incoming government was fundamentally ideologically opposed to the deal rather than any ignorance. It's own commissioned report into it recommended a reduced buy rather than outright cancellation.Here is the story.
Yeah it is kind of ironic that the Canadians initially bought 138 f18's to Australia's 80 IIRC and had an F5 force as well until after the Cold War era and now Canada is acquiring used Australian F18's while Australia has acquired super hornets and F35'sI think he meant the Australian's are introducing the 35 so Canada is getting the older 18's from Australia while the Canada figures out what the hell they want...
Fight for the USA so the USA fights for New Zealand if NZ is under military attack.Okay, and what are New Zealand strategic interests? Are there offshore oil fields that we haven't heard about?
Having functioning and stable international trade networks, so stuff can be imported and exported. Not having super-tankers being attacked by pirates, for instance, even if that specific tanker isn't going to NZ. Or Singapore existing as a trading hub.Okay, and what are New Zealand strategic interests? Are there offshore oil fields that we haven't heard about?
Yeah... I was probably a bit hasty with that response. I suspect in recent years the RAAF has done a lotRCAF went to Bosnia, but we've been busy since 2003.
And if you want those things, you want maritime patrol aircraft and coast guard ships, not the prestige acquisition of modern fast jets.
It would require more of a guarantee that the US would do that, rather than the wishy-washy provisions under the A**US pact which NZ was expelled from. A "conference" if you are threatened just doesn't wash it IMO.Fight for the USA so the USA fights for New Zealand if NZ is under military attack.
Just so. Why I mentioned that a task appropriate military force would be a Coast Guard with extended range capacity along with, your noting, the utility of maritime patrol aircraft should be more than than sufficient to serve New Zealand's needs. It would end up costing the same, but you really do get a lot more bang for your buck.And if you want those things, you want maritime patrol aircraft and coast guard ships, not the prestige acquisition of modern fast jets.
Rather than buying fast jets, a better plan would be to be providing the development aid that the Belt and Road plan represents, yeah ?As for the Strategic Interests of NZ, as much as I love cool shit like F16s threats drive Defence Policy and Defence Policy drives acquisition. In the late Cold War era up to the last couple of years NZ's region has been amazingly benign. In the 80s the Kiwis could do their part to make the SWPac a touch difficult for Cold War adversaries to wander around freely but after the Cold War that requirement vanished so the fast jet requirement vanished too.
However it appears this is over and less benign influences are penetrating the NZ strategic region, in particular Chinese belt and road debt-traps in New Zealand's neighbourhood. NZ might well have to reinvent the capability they dropped in 1999 to increase the risk to malignant influences operating in the SWPac.