New Zealand has invited proposals to purchase 17 surplus Aermacchi MB-339CB trainer aircraft, with bids due by 22 August.
Following the disbanding of the country's Air Combat Force in 2001, Wellington tried to sell the aircraft, presumably to another country, but no sale was concluded. As such, New Zealand is opening bidding in an effort to sell the fleet either as a complete package or in portions.
New Zealand's defence ministry said the aircraft last flew one year ago, and have been maintained under an "on condition" maintenance regime at the air force's Ohakea air base on the country's north island.
The package comprises airframes, spare engines and support equipment, including a simulator. Weapons are also included provided the prospective buyer has the necessary clearances.
In April New Zealand put eight Douglas A/TA-4K Skyhawk ground-attack and training aircraft up for sale following its failure to sell them as a "going concern". According to media reports some of these aircraft have already gone to museums in New Zealand.