EPE wins contract to enhance NZDF Recon and Surveillance with Exensor Flexnet RGS

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EPE to deliver the Exensor Flexnet RGS system to enhance NZ Army situational awareness. Image: EPE.

EPE New Zealand Limited secures contract to enhance the New Zealand Defence Force’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance capabilities with Exensor Flexnet Remote Ground Sensor capabilities.

EPE New Zealand Limited (EPE), in collaboration with Bertin Exensor, has been awarded a contract by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence to provide the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) with Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) capabilities as part of the Networked Enabled Army (NEA) Programme.

EPE will deliver the Exensor Flexnet Remote Ground Sensor (RGS) system to enhance New Zealand Army situational awareness and support deployed command decision-making across all echelons of command. Through a Master Supply Agreement, specialist training and ongoing associated Through Life Support (TLS) will be delivered locally in New Zealand as part of the contract by EPE.

The contract will provide personnel with a scalable and modular sensing platform that provides real-time situational awareness and early warning, and identification of potential threats, enhancing commanders’ abilities to make quick, fact-based decisions and take necessary action.

Exensor sensors are in-service or trial with a number of countries including the UK, Australia, USA and several NATO countries.

“An essential requirement for NZDF is the demonstrated capacity and capability to deliver the equipment and training, and commit to ongoing maintenance and support,” said Andy Cross, General Manager of EPE.

“As a team, EPE and Exensor have the unique ability to achieve this. We also aim to equip soldiers with technology that not only provides strategic advantage, but also enhances decision-making while safeguarding them from threats.”

“In recent years, the use and need for the Flexnet RGS technology among forces worldwide has increased,” said Marcus Rosenqvist, VP Sales & Marketing of Bertin Exensor. “Exensor is proud to be selected together with EPE for the supply of the latest generation of Flexnet RGS.”

Bertin Exensor is a supplier of Remote Ground Sensors (UGS) systems. Designed by Bertin Exensor, the Flexnet RGS system combines intelligence collected by seismic, acoustic, and TI sensors to detect and identify threats and targets.

Flexnet is suited to military and civilian applications such as force protection, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), and monitoring of critical assets and sensitive areas. Since 2017, the company has been part of the French group Bertin Technologies.