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a Strategic Bearer Network project to provide global
wide-band satellite communication services for the
Defence Force. This is part of the US Department
of Defence SATCOM programme. The first fixed
and relocatable terminals are complete and the first
phase, budgeted to cost $26 million, is expected
to be completed by the end of next year. A second
phase of the project will involve replacement of the
defence high frequency network.
Work was also underway on the acquisition of
a new Defence Command and Control System.
The core of the system, based on the US Global
Command and Control System, is being procured
through the US Foreign Military Sales System. The
project is budgeted to cost $23 million.
Due diligence and final negotiations are set to
be completed shortly on the Individual Weapon
Replacement project. After trials of weapons offered
by a range of manufacturers the ministry is looking
to buy 8,800 Lewis Machine & Tool rifles to replace
the army’s standard issue Steyr rifles.
The ministry was in the final stages of working
with a preferred tenderer for the provision of
replacement underwater intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance capabilities on the P-3 Orions.
The ministry was trying to work closely with
Australia on the purchase of some 23 special
operations vehicles of various sorts. This project is
budgeted to cost $28 million.
Ashton briefly referred to other major projects
which are expected to flow from the Defence White
Paper - notably the Air Mobility Capability and Air
Surveillance Capability projects where New Zealand
would be looking at options for replacing the C-130
and P-3 Orions in the early 2020s.
Ashton gave an interesting hint at some of the
thinking that is going into the White Paper with a
suggestion that New Zealand may dispense with
a squadron of dedicated aerial surveillance aircraft
, a role which the Orions have had for the past 50
“Plainly these are big ticket items and there
is a possibility that some of the platforms for air
transport might have suitable applications for air
surveillance, “s aid Ashton.
In other news from New Zealand on the industry
front, the company which designed and built heavy
equipment trailers for the New Zealand Defence
Force’s new MAN medium-heavy operation vehicles
has been awarded the Minister of Defence Award
for the provision of excellent equipment.
Hamilton-based Tidd Ross Todd presented
an alternative trailer design after it recognised
Defence’s initial requirements for the trailer would
not be suitable for its intended use. Its design was
better suited to the theatres in which the NZDF
The award citation said the company’s experience
and knowledge of the transport industry ensured
that Defence received a product that was fit for
“By increased the width of the trailer, using
a bigger wheel diameter and simplifying the
suspension, Tidd Ross Todd provided Defence with
a heavy equipment transport trailer that had greater
ground clearance, simplified suspension and is able
to transport all defence equipment on and off road.
The trailer has a service life in excess of 25 years
and exceeds Defence expectations.
“Based on the results of their work, Tidd Ross
Todd have been successful in obtaining work
through RMMVA for the Australian Defence Force.
This is a very positive recognition of understanding
the needs of military clients and being able to
provide the solution they require.”
Other finalists in the category A award for the
provision of excellent equipment were:
*Ebert Construction for the construction of the
$25 milllion Battle Training Facility buildng in the
Ardmore Training Area, Auckland.
*R FD New Zealand Ltd (T/A Survitec Group) for
the provision of fit for purpose personal flotation
devises for the NZDF.
The category B award for the provision of
superior service was presented to GHD for its
detailed structural analysis of the New Zealand
Defence Force estate as part of a seismic integrity
A team of GHD staff assessed all camps, bases
and outlying property, reporting their findings in a
specially customised report format and provided
sound engineering advice.
All 360 reports received from the three regions
were reviewed by a sole point of contact before being
submitted to Defence. This ensured a standardised
method of assessment as well as consistency
of language and phrasing and enabled ease of
information transfer into Defence’s database.
GHD delivered the required overview of the
estate ahead of new legislative requirements for the
assessment and strengthening of earthquake risk
buildings. This meant the NZDF was at the forefront
of government agencies in this area.
Other finalists in category B for the provision of
superior service were:
*McKay for the electrical installation of the
integrated management system and the heating,
ventilation and air conditioning system on the
ANZAC Class frigates and upgrades, maintenance
and defect rectifications on the inshore and offshore
This work also won McKay the category C award
for the provision of outstanding commitment to
Other finalist in this category were:
*Pengelly’s for the supply of custom brokerage
and freight management service to the Ministry of
*Hawker Pacific for the provision of the leased
fleet of King Air aircraft to the Royal New Zealand
Air Force. ¢
HMNZS Cantebury. Credit: CoA
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