HMNZS Te Kaha returned to Devonport, New Zealand, just before Christmas following modernisation upgrades undertaken in British Columbia, Canada.
As the prime systems integrator, Lockheed Martin Canada was responsible for integrating the upgraded systems on two ANZAC Class Frigates. HMNZS Te Kaha was equipped with Lockheed Martin Canada’s CMS 330 combat management system, as well as a new suite of sensors and weapons.
“The arrival of HMNZS Te Kaha after her combat system upgrade is a significant milestone for the Royal New Zealand Navy. It is hugely satisfying to see Te Kaha sail into the beautiful Waitematā harbour in time for Christmas," Sarah Minson, Project Director, New Zealand Ministry of Defence, said. "This has been a complex project, with many challenges - including a global pandemic. The New Zealand and Lockheed Martin Canada teams have worked very closely together to get to this point."
“Lockheed Martin has been an enduring presence in New Zealand for over 50 years, with the C-130 and P3 aircraft have been flown by the Royal New Zealand Air Force for decades, and with the current focus of our New Zealand workforce primarily focused on delivering sustainment capability to the New Zealand Defence Force and NZ Police," Graham Lintott, Managing Director for Lockheed Martin New Zealand stated.