The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Wellington announced on 3 March that it has awarded a contract to Babcock NZ to overhaul the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF’s) fixed high-frequency (HF) radio network.
The NZD26.6 million (USD16.8 million) investment is being funded from existing defence budgets and is aimed at supporting emergency services, enabling them to maintain communications during crises, Defence Minister Ron Mark said in a statement.
“The current HF radio infrastructure was installed in the 1980s and has reached the end of its life,” said Mark, adding that a support contract valued at USD2 million per year was also awarded by the NZDF.
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