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Communications upgrades await NZ warships

3rd September 2021 - 06:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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HMNZS Te Mana is one of two frigates in the RNZN. Both warships will receive a communications system refresh. (Gordon Arthur)

Communications upgrades are on the way for five New Zealand naval vessels.

The two Anzac-class frigates of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will benefit from a communications system upgrade, with the MoD announcing the commencement of this project recently.

On 17 August, Minister of Defence Peeni Henare announced the start of the NZ$21.2 million ($15.1 million) project that had been awarded to SEA. It will begin with design work, before being installed in phases aboard the two warships.

The overhaul will supply a new control system, modern radios, data and voice communication systems. It will ensure the ships can handle greater volumes of data, and better interoperate with other New …

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