• Soldiers from 2/1 RNZIR & Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles during Exercise Sangro.
NZDF via Twitter
    Soldiers from 2/1 RNZIR & Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles during Exercise Sangro. NZDF via Twitter

Harris Defence Australia (HDA) has signed a contract to deliver a mobile tactical command system for the NZ Army under their Networked Enabled Army (NEA) program.

Under the $40 million contract, Harris will design and deliver a tactical communications network under Tranche 1 that will include:

  • 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).

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

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

“HDA is very proud to be selected as a long-term partner with the NEA and indeed the NZ Defence Force,” Alan Callaghan, President and MD, Harris Defence Australia said to ADM. “The Master Supply Agreement signed with the NZ Ministry of Defence on the 21st of December 2018 is for an initial period of seven years with extensions to 11 years.”

Akin to the ADF’s Land 200 program, the NEA program aims to provide national land forces and special operations forces with a deployable, networked command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capability.

NEA will be delivered in four tranches out till 2025/2026 with tranche one expected to be delivered by the end of 2021.

“This contract period covers more than the first tranche of the NEA and HDA plans to continue its close relationship with the NEA by supporting the NZDF for the foreseeable future,” Callaghan said. “While the contract extends over later NEA tranches, HDA knows we must continue to deliver the very best tactical communications capabilities for the NZDF to maintain our trusted partnership with the NEA.

“HDA is very confident we have the people, skills and products to meet the NEA’s requirements now and into the future,” Callaghan said to ADM.

Callaghan also confirmed that Harris staff will be co-located with the NEA Integrated Project Team (IPT) to deliver the contract.

“As this is a very large and complex activity, additional staff from our Australian office will support the NEA program. As the knowledge and skills within the Harris NZ team increases, HDA will transfer more work to the local element,” Callaghan concluded.

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