Lockheed Martin Canada Earns Role to Upgrade New Zealand Frigates

Contract marks first-ever export of Canadian-developed technology


On April 28, the government of New Zealand awarded Lockheed Martin Canada a C$180 million contract to upgrade the combat management system on two ANZAC-class frigates.

The contract for the Royal New Zealand Navy marks the first export of the combat management system originally designed for the Canadian Halifax-class modernization project, also known as FELEX, or Frigate Life Extension. The system was designed as a modern, affordable solution for mid-life upgrades in the international market. The New Zealand frigates are roughly the same vintage as the Canadian frigates currently being updated.

“To have another country select our CMS is tremendously rewarding to our employees and the government of Canada with whom we’ve worked for more than three decades on similar naval programs,” said Rosemary Chapdelaine, president of Lockheed Martin Canada. “This key export of Canadian designed technology not only reinforces Lockheed Martin’s position as a world leader in naval combat systems integration but further demonstrates our ability to successfully leverage purchases and investments in high-technology defence products to create jobs and economic growth in Canada, one of the key objectives set forth in the recently launched Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) here in Canada.”

Under terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin Canada is the prime systems integrator and will be responsible for the design, installation and integration of the combat management system, as well as the procurement of new sensor and weapon systems for HMNZS Te Mana and Te Kaha. To provide the systems, Lockheed Martin Canada will continue partnering with Seaspan Shipyards in British Columbia, as well as with other Canadian subcontractors.

The New Zealand contract brings continued renewal and stability to Canada’s shipbuilding industry. Over the next four years, it will bring significant work to Lockheed Martin and Seaspan facilities in Dartmouth, Kanata, Montreal and Victoria, preserving highly skilled jobs that would otherwise have ended with the completion of the Halifax Class Modernization program.

Program Background

The combat management system 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 subsystems 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 Royal Canadian Navy for more than 30 years and is today prime contractor the mid-life modernization of the fleet.

Lockheed Martin Canada’s naval combat systems business is a division of the corporation’s Mission System & Training business area.  With headquarters in Ottawa, the company maintains its Maritime Advanced Training and Test Site (MATTS) in Dartmouth in addition to facilities in Montreal and Esquimalt.  As Canada’s defence partner for 75 years, Lockheed Martin Canada has delivered advanced solutions to our customers’ most challenging and complex problems. By applying the innovative approaches of our highly skilled and experienced Canadian-based workforce, we are a valued and trusted partner in delivering electronic products and systems to all branches of the Forces. 

May 23, 2014