Meeting Defence Roles with the focused structure

Given this proposed defence structure the next logical step is to determine how it would meet the role of the existing defence force.

The following pages examine the capability of the focused defence structure as compared to the existing one.

Here is a quick comparison of the two Defence forces "order of battle"

Budgeted OPEX current defence force

 $m  p.a

Budgeted OPEX focused defence force

 $m p.a
"Combat fleet" HMNZS Te Mana and Te Kaha 336  
 Transport fleet HMNZS Canterbury & Endaevour 108 Transport Fleet HMNZS Canterbury + 2 Damen LSVs 180
 Offshore Patrol Vessels HMNZS Wellington and HMNZS Otago 4 Inshore Patrol Vessels 130 Current x 2 ( 4 OPVs + 8 IPVs) + RNZ Coastguard 310
 6 ASW Maritime Patrol Aircraft 202 Satellite and UAV operations 100
 5 C-130H Hercules and 2 B757 combi Transport aircraft 263 4 KC 390s + leased civilian air transport operations
(helicopter and long distance)
 Air training squadron ~50 Air Training NZ Military Academy 50
 8 NH90 helicopters 229  
 8 SH-2G ASW helicopters 91

 Aviation Battalion 

 4 x SH-2G ECM helicopters  
 4 x MH-60S


 Navy Dive Team 30 Marines 70
 SAS 87 SAS 87

 Land combat force

 105 LAV IIIs
 325 Pinzgauers light operational vehicles


Rangers + Military Police battalions

 16 Uran armoured police vehicles
 32 Cobra II light armoured vehicles

4 Draco mobile artillery systems

 Land cruiser light operational vehicles


 Land combat support force

 24 105mm guns
 Mistral Air defence system


 Pioneer and Motorised battalions

 32 LAV IIIs
 32 Bronco transport vehicles
 16 Cobra II light armoured vehicles

 8 Cobra II ambulances

64 MAN HX trucks


 Land combat service support

 194 MAN HX Trucks


 Mobile field hospital

 Field 3CI

 TOTAL 2,230  1,542

This reduces defence operational spending by about 1/3 or liberates $688 million a year for other government purposes.

The focused force numbers are based on current costs. The redistribution of training costs to the Military Academy and maintenance costs to the NZ Arsenal makes some of these comparisons difficult. The greater use of civilian contractors and agencies is expected to result in significant savings.