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New Zealand develops new maintenance facility

An artist's impression of the new military Maintenance Support Facility that the New Zealand government is developing at the Burnham Military Camp. (NZDF)

The New Zealand government has started development of a new facility to maintain and sustain military equipment. The proposed Maintenance Support Facility (MSF) is being constructed at the Burnham Military Camp near Christchurch on the South Island.

Marking the start of the MSF construction project, Defence Minister Andrew Little said, “This new state-of-art facility replaces Second World War-era buildings and will enable our defence force to better maintain and repair equipment.”

A spokesperson for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) told Janes that the MSF will be operational by early 2026. “The facility will take approximately two years to complete and will be finished in the fourth quarter of 2025, with commissioning and interim operating release currently planned for the first quarter of 2026,” the spokesperson said.

The NZDF spokesperson said the MSF will be mainly focused on supporting New Zealand (NZ) Army equipment. “The New Zealand Army's equipment has become physically larger, with more technological components,” the spokesperson said.

Specific programmes that will be supported by the MSF include the Network Enabled Army project, which is geared towards enhancing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, and the Protected Mobility Capability Project, which is focused on boosting the NZDF's mobility capability and includes New Zealand's procurement of 43 Bushmaster vehicles from Thales Australia.

“Communication systems in the Network Enabled Army project will require higher standards of storage and security, which this [MSF] facility is designed to accommodate,” the NZDF spokesperson said.

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