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New Zealand Anzac frigates modernisation contract signed

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A Royal New Zealand Navy Sea Sprite lands on HMNZS Te Kaha, as warships from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand conduct Exercise Bersama Shield 2017. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

The New Zealand government has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin Canada for ship installation and trials to complete the upgrade and modernisation of the Anzac Class frigates.

The first of two frigates, HMNZS Te Kaha, arrived in Victoria, Canada yesterday.

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Lockheed Martin Canada is responsible for designing and supplying the upgraded combat system for each Anzac Class Frigate, including a new combat management system, based on Lockheed Martin Canada's Combat Management System 330, along with the supply and integration of various sensors, a missile system and a combat systems trainer. Lockheed Martin Canada has entered into a subcontractual agreement with Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd in Victoria, BC, to install the new systems on the ship platforms.

"We are very happy to continue our relationship with the Royal New Zealand Navy," said acting vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada RMS Gary Fudge.

"The New Zealand Anzac frigate systems upgrade marked our official entrance onto the international market as a combat systems integrator in 2014. Our continued partnership with the Navy is something we are very proud of."

"Our partnership with Canadian shipyards on the Halifax Class modernisation program and the confidence that Canada placed in those shipyards on the National Shipbuilding Strategy program led directly to our ability to contract the Anzac refit work to Seaspan."

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Lockheed Martin Canada is the combat systems integrator (CSI) for four major active programs across three countries, including New Zealand's frigate upgrade project, the Chilean Navy's Type 23 modernisation, Canada's Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship, and the lead program which saw the initial development of the CMS 330, the Halifax Class modernisation program.

"The modernisation and upgrades of Anzac Class frigates are critically important to the Royal New Zealand Navy," said vice president of international naval systems programs Kevin Arthurs.

"These upgrades will provide the ships with a greater degree of survivability through a faster decision-making process and a more appropriate response to a variety of threats."

The second frigate, HMNZS Te Mana, is scheduled to arrive in 2019. Under Lockheed Martin Canada supervision and direction, Seaspan Shipyards will refit and install the new systems with an expected completion date of 2020 for the entire contract. 

New Zealand Anzac frigates modernisation contract signed
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