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Defence command and control system

This project has implemented a modern command and control tool for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). The communications system enables the Chief of Defence Force, through Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, to exercise command and control over the NZDF, and provides commanders with timely situation awareness supported by intelligence.

Government approval

24 September 2008

A project budget of NZ$23.6 million was approved for purchasing and implementing the US Global Command and Control System (GCCS).

29 October 2013

In October 2013 Cabinet approved adoption of the Global Command and Control System – Joint (GCCS-J). A Maritime variant had been implemented in 2010, however following assessment of that initial implementation, Defence concluded the variant GCCS-J would provide optimal value for the whole of the NZDF. Benefits of GCCS-J include enhanced Intelligence features and a less risky technical integration onto existing NZDF networks.


The GCCS-J was purchased under a Foreign Military Sales agreement in November 2013.

Current status

While the project is largely completed, the GCCS-J is being customised for implementation onto the NZDF networks in two overlapping phases:

  • phase one - a pilot to a small number of users and includes ship trials
  • phase two - rollout across the NZDF, with permanent ship fit-outs.

Both phases are due for completion by December 2017 with full integration into service to be completed by December 2018.

Command and control exercise

Read more about how the NZDF has taken part in a command and control exercise(external link).

View the latest NZDF media releases(external link).


Contact: Neil Hygate, Director Air Domain

Email: industry@defence.govt.nz