GEAR | UK firm to upgrade communications systems of NZ’s Anzac-class frigates
UK defence and electronics firm SEA has secured a contract from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) for upgrades to be carried out on the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) two Anzac-class frigates.
The contract, which covers the design of the communication system upgrade, is valued at £4.6 million (US$6.2 million) and is scheduled to commence in September 2021. This contract is for the first of two planned project phases that will deliver new capability from 2024.
SEA said the system is intended to reduce through-life costs and associated maintenance. The modular system will also enable the RNZN to integrate equipment, including cryptos and radios, regardless of the manufacturer or supplier.
The open architecture of the system will also meet interoperability requirements and allow the RNZN to communicate with partner navies, which will support missions with friendly countries such as neighbouring Australia.
As part of the contract, SEA will work in partnership with NZ-based subcontractors to develop the new system and deliver on-the-ground training, which will include conducting a gap analysis of current knowledge and skills, followed by training tailored to the needs of the navy.