The UK-based firm has been tapped to enhance the communications systems of two Royal New Zealand Navy frigates.
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New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence has awarded a £4.6 million ($8.6 million) contract to defence and security electronic system provider SEA for the first phase of upgrading the communications systems on two Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac frigates.
Specifically, SEA has been tasked with integrating its open architecture external communication capability under the Frigate Sustainment - Communications Project.
The contract covers the design of the communication system upgrade is scheduled to commence in September 2021.
SEA’s system is designed to reduce through life costs and associated maintenance, leveraging a flexible, modular system that enables the Navy to integrate equipment, including cryptos and radios, regardless of the manufacturer or supplier.
The capability upgrade also aims to bolster the Royal New Zealand Navy interoperability with partner navies, including the Roya Australian Navy.
SEA is expected to work alongside NZ-based subcontractors to develop the new system and deliver on-the-ground training.
“We’re delighted to be utilising our experience in delivering and upgrading external communication systems for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s FS - Communications Project,” Richard Flitton, managing director at SEA, said.
“Our involvement will expand our presence in the region and display SEA’s ability to meet the requirements of navies worldwide, while also adding value in supporting in-country training, skills and expertise.
“Through collaboration with our New Zealand partners, our flexible and modular external communication system will enable the Royal New Zealand Navy to maintain its technological innovation, reduce through life costs and improve communication with other navies.”