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Lockheed Martin Canada has landed the first contract ever to bring a naval ship from another country to a Canadian shipyard for refitting. The company will supply new combat management systems for two New Zealand frigates over the next two years at Seaspan Shipyards in Victoria, B.C., a Lockheed Martin statement said Wednesday. “It’s actually the first time in Canadian history that a foreign navy has sent its ships to Canada for modernization,” a source familiar with naval affairs told iPolitics. Seaspan Shipyards is up to its neck in contracts to build new supply ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and other work, but the first New Zealand frigate arrived in Victoria on Tuesday The new combat systems for the ANZAC class frigates are based on Lockheed Martin Canada’s Combat Management System 330. The contract includes the supply and integration of various sensors, a missile system and a combat systems trainer. In addition to the combat management systems and combat systems trainer, the upgrade and modernization contract between Lockheed Martin Canada and the government of New Zealand will also involve sensors and missile systems. A separate sub-contract was signed with Seaspan to install the new systems on the ship platforms. Lockheed earlier completed the modernization of Canada’s Halifax Class frigates, which the company said “led directly” to the frigate contract with New Zealand. Lockheed Martin Canada, with a team consisting of the United Kingdom shipbuilder BAE and other defence suppliers, is the prime contractor in a bid to win a contract for the eventual replacement of Canada’s aging frigates with modern surface combatant ships. Source : politics

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