The New Zealand Ministry of Defence has awarded L3Harris Technologies a prime systems integration contract to design, build and install an upgraded communications system to help confront the evolving challenges faced by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).
The upgrade will provide the amphibious sealift ship HMNZS Canterbury and the Offshore Patrol Vessels HMNZ Otago and Wellington with an advanced, adaptive, and cyber-resilient communication system that is seaworthy, reliable, and mission-ready. The upgrade will be led by the L3Harris project team in Melbourne, Australia, in close collaboration with New Zealand defence contractors Beca Applied Technologies and McKay.
“This contract represents L3Harris’ ongoing commitment to support the Royal New Zealand Navy and the strategic importance of supporting sovereign industry development throughout Australasia,” said Alan Titheridge, managing director, Australia, L3Harris.
“The strategic relationship with Beca and McKay allows us to provide customers with more efficient and effective local installation services and sustainment support.”
The contract follows on the company’s successful role as electronic systems integrator on the Royal Australian Navy OPV SEA-1180. It also reinforces L3Harris’ commitment to integrated maritime systems and strengthens the company’s global reputation as a leading naval communications systems integrator.