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Network Enabled Army C4

The project is delivering modern communications to the land force units most often deployed by the Government. These are Special Operations Forces, and a land force commitment that includes infantry, a Task Group Headquarters and around 200 communications personnel. This project is part of the wider Network Enabled Army (NEA) Programme.

The NEA programme will modernise the NZDF tactical command and control (C2) systems in the land environment together with supporting computers, communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) networks that support deployed land forces. NEA will be delivered through four funding tranches over 12 years.

Tranche One has funded the Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) project, which is comprised of:

  • command post environment (the physical command post and the IT systems for C2)
  • universal bearer network (common access nodes for communications)
  • mobile tactical radio system (network-capable combat radios, a battle management system and software).

Government approval

13 April 2013
Capital and operating funding for tranche one up to 2017/18 is approved to deliver modern communications to the land force units most often deployed by the Government – Special Operations Forces and a land force commitment, including infantry, a task group headquarters and communication personnel of around 200 personnel.

Contracts

  • Harris Defence Australia: supply of a mobile tactical command system, including network design and delivery, along with software, systems and connecting radio equipment. Signed December 2018.

Current status

  • The Ministry of Defence intends to leverage off the previous NZDF investment in Sitaware battle management software and implement a more comprehensive range of Sitaware functionality.
  • The Ministry has engaged the services of the Sitaware provider Systematic to do system design for Tranche One to establish a test, reference and evaluation capability (TREC) to help facilitate delivery of the NEA capability.
  • Foreign Military Sales (FMS) have been used to procure our initial wide-band satellite communications network bearer system capability. Other major packages out to market include this tranche's initial procurement of core radio systems for the New Zealand Army, their ancillaries, network integrations services and engineering integration.
  • Tranche one is due for completion in 2021.

Find out more about the NEA programme on the NZ Army website(external link).

Contact: Richard Burn, Director Land Domain
Email: industry@defence.govt.nz

Updated: October 2019