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Protected Mobility Capability update

Line of Defence Magazine, Autumn 2018

New  eet needed to meet challenges of current and future operating environments.New eet needed to meet challenges of current and future operating environments.

 

At a recent NZDIA member meeting in Wellington, Gillian Rodger, Ministry of Defence Integrated Project Team Lead for the Protected Mobility Capability project, outlined work packages associated with the first of the project’s three phases.

 

This project will provide a protected mobility capability to meet the challenges of the contemporary and future operating environments – providing ground forces with a mix of mobility, armoured protection and directed firepower. Contemporary operations where New Zealand personnel are deployed will present a range of threats that need to be addressed, including improvised explosive devices, small arms, and rocket propelled grenades.

The Protected Mobility project will replace the operational Pinzgauer and Unimog, and review options to upgrade or replace the Light Armoured Vehicle fleet, with current planning based on implementation over eleven years from 2018/19 to 2028/29.

The benefits of this project include: (i) maintenance of the effectiveness of New Zealand Defence Force’s protected land mobility capability; (ii) an improved ability to offer the range of military response options required by government; (iii) and an increased ability to fulfil the duty-of-care commitment to military personnel.

The solution is likely to include a range of modern vehicle types, with the project employing a phased approach and multiple sets of business cases over its life to enable a progressive roll-out of mobility vehicles to the New Zealand Army that includes training and support.

The project’s three phases allow both better management of the overall capital plan, and for new capabilities to be introduced at a rate the New Zealand Army can assimilate:

  • Phase 1: 2018/19 to 2020/21: equip at least a Light Task Group
  • Phase 2: 2021/22 to 2023/24: equip a Combined-arms Task Group
  • Phase 3: 2026/27 to 2028/29: upgrade or replace a number of Light Armoured Vehicles.

A business plan for Phase 1 is being prepared for submission to Cabinet in the second half of 2018. Alongside this, planning for acquisition and introduction into service is underway.

 

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The Protected Mobility Capability project is currently focused on its first work package, the procurement of Protected Mobility Medium/Light vehicles.

The Phase One ancillary work package reflects that, while protected mobility vehicles will have a life of decades, ancillary equipment that may be identified as a requirement – such as remote weapon stations and surveillance equipment – might have a shorter refresh rate and some software refresh rates might only be a few years.

All reasonable steps should be taken to ensure vehicles are future proof and supportable, with enough margin to take advantage of advances in technology. We are working closely with other projects, such as Network Enabled Army, to ensure digital technology can be integrated and enabled.

Personnel, infrastructure, logistic support and cost for the procurement of sub-systems related to a Protected Mobility Capability will all be considered as part of the ancillaries work package.

The Protected Mobility Capability project is being run as an integrated project with staff from the New Zealand Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence working full-time in the team.

 

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