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HMNZS Te Kaha arrives in New Zealand following capability upgrade
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 21 2020 – Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand congratulates the Royal New Zealand Navy on the arrival of HMNZS Te Kaha in Devonport, New Zealand, following modernisation upgrades undertaken in British Columbia, Canada by Lockheed Martin 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, providing the ship’s crew with superior capabilities and advanced protection for a variety of modern naval operations.

“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. 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,” said Sarah Minson, Project Director, New Zealand Ministry of Defence. “In large complex projects like this it is essential to have good people and an integrated approach.”

On congratulating the Royal New Zealand Navy on this achievement, Graham Lintott, Managing Director for Lockheed Martin New Zealand stated “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.”

“This latest partnership with Lockheed Martin Canada reinforces our commitment to the New Zealand Defence Force and draws on Lockheed Martin’s global experience to deliver proven capabilities to support the protection of New Zealand and her national interests.”

About Lockheed Martin New Zealand

Our New Zealand workforce is primarily focused on delivering sustainment capability to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and NZ Police.

Drawing on our global experience, we are delivering proven capabilities that have been tested in the harshest environments while leveraging innovation into our global supply chains. 

We deliver transformational logistics to the NZDF as it adopts new equipment, and are a trusted provider of a range of Government services. As a strategic partner, we are harnessing local innovation and talent to support New Zealand’s Defence Force of the future.

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Media Contact:

Amanda Hauck, Head of Communications, Lockheed Martin Canada, + 1 613-797-4334,


Michelle Scully, Head of Communications,

Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand, +61 (0) 448 032 387