Pricey upgrade for NZ Navy

The cost of upgrading the weapons systems for NZ Navy frigates will match their initial purchase price 20 years ago.

Navy frigates’ upgrade to cost $440m

Kate Pereyra Garcia

HMNZS Te Mana and HMNZS Te Kaha have already received upgrades to their diesel engines and air conditioning systems, and will now be sent to Canada for the a $440 million upgrade.

Lockheed Martin Canada won the contract for the self-defence upgrade, which is in the detail design phase.

The first of the frigates will be sent to Victoria, in British Colombia, in mid 2017 with the second expected to be completed by late 2019.

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