NZ Army to deploy Harris tactical comms network

Thursday, 28 February, 2019

NZ Army to deploy Harris tactical comms network

The New Zealand Army has contracted Harris Defence Australia to supply its tactical communications network.

The contract has been signed as part of the first tranche of work being delivered under the Network Enabled Army program, one of several projects underway addressing equipment obsolescence.

“Communication networks are vital to Defence Force operations and must be modern, effective and designed to meet the needs of military personnel,” said Minister of Defence Ron Mark.

“Networks and equipment used by the New Zealand Army and Special Forces are the focus of this contract.

“The $40 million contract for the mobile tactical command system, funded from an existing appropriation, will design and deliver a modern network along with software, systems and connecting radio equipment.

“Together these will enable accurate and detailed information to be transmitted securely between military personnel and command centres, both within New Zealand’s forces and when operating at an international level.

“Whether at home or overseas, the Defence Force operates alongside other government agencies and New Zealand’s international partners, and the ability to work together effectively is vital to the success of these operations.

“Interoperability with partners is strategically important, and as technology continues to advance Defence must be ready to keep pace in both procurement processes and capability requirements.

The new network will use a family of radios supplied by Harris Defence Australia, including new portable radios for soldiers.

“Managing and using information effectively is fundamental to the success of Defence Force operations,” Mark said.

The Network Enabled Army program is being rolled out in four tranches, through to 2025–26. Tranche One will be delivered over time to the end of 2021.

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