New Zealand is planning to purchase battle management software for the army from Danish company Systematic.
The software will give the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) access to new communication systems, providing a complete picture of the battlefield and allows quick sharing of information.
New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said: “The SitaWare Battle Management System and integration consultancy will cost $11m over three years.
“The purchase is part of a programme to digitise the army to provide modern command, communication, battle management and surveillance capabilities.
“The SitaWare system will link headquarters, units, vehicles and individuals, allowing army to get a full picture of the battlefield and share information quickly.
Further, the NZDF will be able to use the software to operate with partners when deployed in a coalition.
The New Zealand Army currently uses manual processes to receive and spread information.
Provide new tools and techniques such as ‘blue force tracking’ to support the country’s soldiers, the system also gives a common operating picture of troop movements.
The army has already trialled the SitaWare system, which is supported by Eagle Technology Group and is expected to enhance communication between army units.
The system was purchased as part of the Network Enabled Army programme, which will allow the armed forces to benefit from new planning and decision-making technologies.