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HMNZS Te Mana
NZ awards aNZaC frigate Geoff Slocombe // Victoria
Combat systems upgrade CoNtraCt
The RNZN’s ANZAC frigates were the second and fourth off the production line at Australia’s Williamstown naval
dockyard, being commissioned in 1997 and 1999 respectively. While they have served with distinction and successfully
undertaken all requested tasks, the time has come to update their mission systems and weaponry in the light of
contemporary and evolving threats.
efence Minister Jonathan Coleman
announced 1 May 2014 that the NZ
Government had awarded the contract
for the frigate combat systems upgrade
to Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC) as Prime Systems
“HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Te Mana are
nearly 20 years old and it is important to update their
self-defence and sensor capabilities to a standard
comparable to the frigates used by Australia, Canada
and the UK” said Dr Coleman.
“Our international partners place a high value on
New Zealand’s ability to deploy a credible maritime
combat force into the Pacific and further afield.”
The ANZAC frigate combat systems upgrade
includes new radars; electronic detection and other
above water systems; the self-defence missile system;
decoys against missiles and torpedoes; and an
upgrade to the hull mounted sonar.
The final design work will commence shortly and the
upgrade is scheduled to begin in late 2016.
The intention is for the majority of the work to be
completed in Canada and under the terms of the
contract LMC will be responsible for the design,
installation and integration of the Combat Management
System (CMS) and Combat System Trainer for the
Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, as well as the
procurement of new sensor and weapon systems for
the ANZAC frigates.
The total project cost is $NZ 446 million, and is
being funded from within the NZDF’s baseline budget
as part of the Defence Capability Plan.
APDR asked one of NZ’s most senior defence
officials for comment on the scope of this project. Des
Ashton, Deputy Secretary of Defence and Head of the
Ministry’s Acquisition Division responded:
“At this mid-point in the life of our ANZAC frigates,
this is a very important project for both the Ministry
and the RNZN. In scoping this upgrade, we have
considered the capabilities which will be required for
both frigates’ likely tasks through to their end of life in
“We have looked world-wide at frigate system
upgrades to see what is available with the right range
of functionality, is proven in service, and affordable.
Our conclusion was that the Canadian Navy’s Halifax
Class Modernisation (HCM) Program was the best fit
and lowest risk choice for us. Lockheed Martin Canada
has extensive experience with HCM and we look
forward to working with them to achieve a successful
and timely outcome.”
aNZaC Combat system upgrade
The list of combat systems to form the upgrade
comprises: Radar suite including Identification, Friend
or Foe (IFF) system; Infra-Red Search and Track
/ Optronics (IRST/O) system; Electronic Support
Measures (ESM) suite; Communications Electronic
Support Measures (CESM) system; Underwater
Systems (UWS); Combat Management System
(CMS); Tactical Data Link (TDL) system; Local Area Air
Defence (LAAD) missile system; ASMD Soft Kill (ASK)
suite; and a Torpedo Self Defence (TSD) system.
An active missile system is required to fulfil the role
of LAAD. The missiles for this system are outside the
CSI scope and will be purchased by the Crown. All
other components of the LAAD system are included
within the CSI scope.
For the combat systems upgrade, a competitive
tender document (CSI RFT) for an integrated solution
was issued to security cleared companies in New
Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United States, the
United Kingdom, France and NATO.
APDR was given access by Defence to a
Commercial-in-Confidence copy of this RFT, when it
was released in March 2013, and has respected that
obligation ever since.
There were 5 responses to the CSI RFT and 19
companies responded to the underwater systems,
ESM and ASK RFTs.
LMC and its partners are providing most of the
required systems apart from CESM, TSD and UWS.
HaLifaX CLass moderNisatioN
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) operates 12
Halifax-class frigates, commissioned between 1992
and 1995. The ships were originally designed to
accomplish the Cold War missions of anti-submarine
warfare and anti-surface warfare, primarily in the open
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