GATR Technologies, a subsidiary within the Cubic Mission Solutions business division, was awarded an order worth more than $5 million to provide satellite communication (SATCOM) solutions for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

“GATR’s SATCOM is expected to provide the New Zealand Army with a communications solution that meets its tactical requirements and enhance the command and control capabilities of its forces when deployed on operations,” said Major General Peter Kelly, New Zealand Chief of Army.

Cubic will supply 2.4-meter inflatable satellite antennas with supporting hardware, spares and New Equipment Training (NET) for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program. The company will also deliver and integrate an iDirect-based, time division multiple access (TDMA) network within the NZDF's existing and future hub infrastructure on top of the multi-year support contract.

“Work is expected to commence soon to integrate GATR into the New Zealand Defence Information Environment,” said Kelly. “Along with our partners in the New Zealand Ministry of Defence, we are looking forward to working with Cubic Mission Solutions and GATR Technologies to bring our GATR SATCOM systems into service.”

The NEA program seeks to improve NZDF’s ability to support deployed land forces by enhancing its battlefield’s command and control system, communications and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) sensor systems.

“To support warfighters at the tactical edge, the GATR inflatable antenna is designed to be extremely portable, reliable and easy to set up,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions.

It is with that design approach in mind that helped Cubic get the foreign military sale (FMS) contract for the entirety of the NEA program. Developments in the NEA program will help future deployments in the South Pacific and high-intensity environments.