Network Enabled Army (NEA)

A long term transformational programme that will introduce into service modern communication systems and computer technology for our Land Forces.

The NEA Programme is a long term (up to 12 year) transformational programme that will introduce into service a deployable, networked Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability for the NZ Army’s Land Forces and Special Operations Forces.

A network enabled force uses modern communications systems and computer technology to produce an integrated network of command posts, platforms, soldiers and sensors that enhance shared situational awareness, supports tactical decision making, enables information collection and improves joint interagency and multinational interoperability in order to increase the likelihood of mission success and reduce operational risk.

The capabilities delivered through the NEA Programme will close many of the current command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare gaps within the Land tactical and operating arenas.

NEA will ensure the NZDF’s land forces and special operations forces can continue to support future deployments in the South Pacific and in higher-intensity environmentsKey capabilities being delivered under the Network Enabled Army Programme include:

  • The tactical level communications bearer network incorporating satellite communications and a high capacity data radio network.
  • A digital battle management system based on the software product SitaWare.
  • A Mobile Tactical Command System incorporating digital software defined radios, viewing devices and software applications for the battle management system.
  • Communications access nodes incorporating ruggedized, lightweight computer systems.
  • Tactical level surveillance and reconnaissance sensors.
  • Command Post infrastructure.