Surface Forces: New Zealand Lowers Its Sights


May 19,2008: New Zealand is upgrading its fleet (two frigates and a coastal patrol boat) to better deal with terrorist attacks. The 20mm Phalanx weapons on the two frigates will be modified so they can attack small boats or jet-skis. Currently, the Phalanx systems can only attack incoming missiles or aircraft. The upgrade will cost about $20 million.




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