Lockheed Martin Canada begins delivery of New Zealand Navy frigate project


In the first stage of a $180-million contract, Lockheed Martin Canada has delivered a trainer for its naval combat content management system (CMS) to the Royal New Zealand Navy. Two of the navy’s frigates will be upgraded with Lockheed Martin’s CMS 330, developed in its Ottawa location.

The naval CMS integrates a variety of combat-oriented features, sensors and weapons systems on warships. As Lockheed Martin Canada explained to OBJ in October, the CMS represents the brain of the boat.

The trainer system delivery represents the first international export of the company’s CMS, which also features in the modernization of the Royal Canadian Navy’s 12 Halifax-class frigates.

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“We are proud of our Canadian-developed solution and thrilled to deliver this advanced capability to the Royal New Zealand Navy,” said Rosemary Chapdelaine, the vice-president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada’s rotary and mission systems division, in a statement.

While not a combat-related system, Lockheed Martin Canada is also in the midst of developing sensors and surveillance capabilities of Canada’s new fleet of Arctic offshore patrol ships.

Lockheed Martin is the largest defence contractor in the world, and has been pre-qualified to bid for the upcoming Canadian Surface Combatant program, the next generation of Canadian frigates.

If the company’s bid is selected, the combat management systems of the new fleet will be developed in its Ottawa location.

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