The New Zealand government awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Canada for the upgrade and modernisation of the ‘ANZAC’ class frigates. Within the contract, Lockheed Martin Canada is responsible for designing and supplying the upgraded combat systems for each of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigates -based on Lockheed Martin Canada's Combat Management System 330- as well as supply and integrate various sensors, a missile system and a Combat Systems Trainer. Work will be carried out and completed at the Seaspan Victoria Shipyards, in Canada, with which Lockheed Martin Canada has entered into a sub contractual agreement.
"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," added Fudge.
The first of two frigates, Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha arrived in Victoria on 7 March while the second ship, HMNZS Te Mana, is scheduled to arrive in 2019. Completion of the upgrade for the two frigates is expected for 2020.
"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," added Arthurs.