Canada: Lockheed Martin Canada has signed a contract with the Government of New Zealand for the upgrade of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s two ANZAC Class frigates. The contract award represents Lockheed Martin Canada’s first export sale of its Combat Management System (CMS), which was designed as a modern, affordable solution for the international market. The CMS is a commercial variant of systems developed for the Royal Canadian Navy and leverages an Open Architecture concept that allows users maximum flexibility to incorporate individual sub-systems and components. The original equipment manufacturer and integrator of the combat systems on-board the HALIFAX fleet, Lockheed Martin Canada has maintained an uninterrupted contractual relationship with the RCN for more than 30 years and is today prime contractor the mid-life modernization of the fleet.
“The Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) project will meet the Government’s aim of restoring the frigate’s surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities in order to match contemporary threats. It is a very important project for the Ministry and for the Royal New Zealand Navy and comes at about the mid-life point of the ANZAC frigate’s life. The project will provide the ships with excellent systems that will enable them to perform their expected tasks through to the end of their life in the 2030’s. We are delighted that Lockheed Martin Canada has been selected as our Prime System Integrator after a worldwide competitive tender process. We consider that Lockheed Martin’s significant experience from the Canadian Navy’s HALIFAX Modernization Programme, will be an important de-risking factor in our FSU project. We look forward to working closely with LMC to collectively achieve a successful outcome,” said Des Ashton, the New Zealand Ministry of Defence’s Deputy Secretary (Acquisitions).
Source: Lockheed Martin