How to fight cyber terrorism is at the heart of a $20b planned upgrade to NZ’s defence capabilities.

The Government for the first time has confirmed New Zealand is capable of launching its own cyber attacks as a deterrent to cyber terrorism.

It’s unveiled a $20 billion investment plan in defence force capability, which will see the military establish a new cyber support capability, bolster intelligence units and digitise the army on the battlefield, giving it network enabled navigation and communications systems.

It will also continue with programmes to replace New Zealand’s aging fleet of Boeing 757s, C-130 Hercules and surveillance aircraft, the Orions

Source: Defence White Paper: Government unveils $20b defence plan for new planes, boats and cyber security |