Funding boosts New Zealand's frontline military capability: defense minister

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-5-17 13:47:43

Increases to the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) budget and cost savings are helping to improve military capability across all three services, Defense Minister Jonathan Coleman said Friday.

"In the year to July 2013, the NZDF will deliver 190 million NZ dollars (153.87 million US dollars) in savings after achieving 140 million NZ dollars in the year prior," Coleman said in a statement the day after the government delivered its annual budget.

"These savings free up resources to improve the Defense Force's military capability. The Defense Force budget estimate for 2013 sees increases across a range of military outputs, such as land combat forces, naval patrol and support forces, and fixed wing transport forces," he said.

The funds would be used to move from the back office to the frontline.

"There has also been a significant increase to the defense capital budget reflecting the military upgrade projects the government has approved, including the ANZAC frigate system upgrade, Seasprite helicopter replacements, and new medium and heavy trucks," said the minister.

"This sees the NZDF capital expenditure budget increase from 318 million NZ dollars to 583 million NZ dollars for the financial year," he added.

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