New Zealand's navy has received combat system trainer from Lockheed Martin Canada under the country's planned ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade project.
Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin opened the combat system trainer at the Maritime Warfare Training Centre at the New Zealand Navy base in Devonport on February 16, 2017.
The training material is designed to prepare New Zealand's naval personnel for operating combat systems to be integrated with new maritime platforms.
New Zealand's government approved the upgrade plan for its naval forces in April 2014. The project includes deliveries of updated prime systems, missiles, sonar and underwater communications, anti-ship missile decoys, and other equipment.
The product will prepare naval forces for a generational shift in training capability using realistic simulations that can imitate real-world conditions, Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems vice president and general manager Rosemary Chapdelaine.
The event marked the first international delivery of Lockheed Martin Canada's CMS 330 combat management system.
Lockheed Martin Canada’s CMS 330 combat management system was initially developed for Canada’s Department of National Defence and then modified for the Royal New Zealand Navy with Canada’s support.
The Anzac upgrade project will improve the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities of the Anzac frigates to address obsolescence of some of the current systems. This will include a new combat management system, new radars, electronic detection and other above water sensors, the self-defence missile system, decoys against missiles and torpedoes, and an upgrade to the hull-mounted sonar.
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