- New Zealand’s lead ANZAC frigate has arrived in Canada to undergo sensors and weapons upgrades
- Improvements aim to extend platform’s operational life to around 2030
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) first-of-class ANZAC (Meko 200) frigate, HMNZS Te Kaha (F 77), has arrived in Canada where it will undergo a Lockheed Martin Canada-led upgrade of its sensors and weapons systems.
A vessel movement analysis by Jane’s via the IHS Markit’s AISLive portal indicates that Te Kaha arrived in Equimalt, British Columbia early on the morning of 6 March after a 25-day journey from Honolulu, Hawaii, where it made a port of call in transit to Canada.
The warship is expected to undergo improvements to its surveillance, self-defence, and combat capabilities. This will include a new combat management system (CMS), radars, above water sensors, defences against missiles and torpedoes, and an upgrade of its hull-mounted sonar.
The improvements, which are being undertaken under the New Zealand government’s ANZAC ships frigate systems upgrade (FSU) programme, are meant to extend the platform’s operational life to around 2030. Earlier works that have been carried out on the frigates include improvements to its propulsion systems, heating and air-conditioning systems, and close-in weapon system (CIWS).
New Zealand’s Minister of Defence Ron Mark has described the FSU programme as one that aims to “maintain the safety of our military personnel and the country’s ability and readiness to deploy when needed, both in this country and overseas”.
The RNZN operates a fleet of two ANZAC-class frigates, Te Kaha , and HMNZS Te Mana (F 111), both of which were commissioned in July 1997 and December 1999 respectively.
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