New Zealand doesn't need any Fighters. Purchasing such for a country with it's closest neighbour 2000 km away, is an utter and total waste of time and money. Money that could be better spent on a myriad of other real needs. BTW, the fighters Australia tried to sell to NZ last time, didn't make it there and back... How do I know this; because they "stopped over" on Norfolk Island... of the three; one broke down on the way out, one broke down in Kiwi, and the last one didn't leave Norfolk on schedule either... RNZAF focuses on maritime patrols, and transport. It's not like any country of less than 5 million people is going to own the skies over their head if any of the nations capable of extending fighter airpower into the Southern Pacific Ocean wants to (And Australia, at over 2000km away, isn't one of them...). So why waste money on National Ego-stroking idiocy? There are many other capabilities that are far more important to maintain.