The Royal New Zealand Air Force has signed a five-year software engineering contract with Beca Applied Technology. The RNZAF says the contract will provide the it with a range of software engineering services as part of the P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft upgrade project. Beca will maintain and develop the software on the six upgraded P-3K2 Orion aircraft. “This is an important contract for the RNZAF. The upgraded P-3K2 Orions will be a highly capable asset employing a variety of high technology sensor systems to undertake its mission as surveillance aircraft," the chief of the Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Graham Lintott, says. The Data Management System will control the aircrafts’ mission systems; from sensor control through to the way personnel can use and display information. “The DMS and associated software will see the Orions using technology that is cutting edge and that will be more adaptable to the ongoing needs of the Air Force and Government,” says Lintott. “The work that will be conducted by Beca will be very complex and opens significant opportunities for New Zealand in the domain of information systems and data management systems associated with military platforms,” he says.