C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

New Zealand awards Systematic NEA tranche 1 capability contract

15 November 2016

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has awarded a NZD11 million three-year contract, to Systematic to provide assistance with Tranche 1 of its Network Enabled Army (NEA) programme.

The contract includes Systematic's SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software suite as well as design and implementation support services.

NZ Army personnel using Systematic C2 software during an exercise. (NZ Army)NZ Army personnel using Systematic C2 software during an exercise. (NZ Army)

The NEA Programme is a 12-year effort that will modernise the C4ISR capability of the NZ Army. Its overall goal is "to enhance the NZDF's ability to support deployed land forces by improving its battlefield command-and-control system, communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor systems" and it has been described as "one of NZDF's most significant capability programmes for the foreseeable future".

The NEA capability is to be delivered incrementally in a series of four tranches, with each progressively 'net enabling' a larger part of the army, incorporating developments in technology during the process.

SitaWare consists of three interoperable segments: SitaWare Headquarters, designed for use in command posts (CP) and headquarters at battalion level and above; SitaWare Frontline, a battle management system intended principally for use in vehicles; and SitaWare Edge for the dismounted commander.

Mike Magill, president Systematic Asia Pacific, said, "Systematic will provide an Enterprise License for the full SitaWare Suite including Headquarters, Frontline and Edge products. In addition to the COTS [commercial off-the-shelf]-based software at the heart of the C4ISR capability, we will also assist the NZDF team in providing architecture and system design services, along with implementation and integration support. A key feature of the support services is that they will take account of evolving and maturing requirements through the set-up of an 'Agile' project environment managed by Systematic."

New Zealand defence minister Gerry Brownlee said, "The SitaWare system will link headquarters, units, vehicles and individuals, allowing [the] army to get a full picture of the battlefield and share information quickly.

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