DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract to supply tactical integrated communications systems for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Anzac-class frigates.

The systems will be delivered to the New Zealand Ministry of Defence, as part of a subcontract awarded to DRS Technologies Canada in support of a communications modernisation contract from Lockheed Martin Canada in September 2014.

DRS will supply its shipboard integrated communications system (SHINCOM 3100) central switching unit, helicopter audio distribution system, public address server, recorder storage units, console dual screen terminals, outdoor terminals, jackboxes and ancillaries, as well as the Avaya G450 PABX phone system.

DRS Technologies Canada vice-president and general manager Steve Zuber said: "This is a tremendous opportunity for DRS to deliver the SHINCOM 3100 system to the Royal New Zealand Navy, which leverages the existing installed base with the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Australian Navy and the US Navy.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for DRS to deliver the SHINCOM 3100 system to the Royal New Zealand Navy."

"This programme will allow these navies to share key interoperability, technology and applications, ensuring that SHINCOM 3100 remains the premier internal communications system for years to come."

SHINCOM 3100 is the latest generation in shipboard communications switch technology, providing reliable, red / black secure tactical communications for navy operators.

DRS Technologies Canada, which is the primary subcontractor to Lockheed Martin Canada, will deliver two sets, with the first expected in early 2016.

The 3,600t Anzac frigates are powered by a combined diesel or gas turbine system, including a GE LM 2,500 gas turbine and two MTU 12V 1163 TB83 diesel engines, and are equipped with an eight-cell Mk41 vertical launching system for Nato Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles.

Image: The Royal New Zealand Navy’s Anzac-class frigate HMNZS Te Mana. Photo: courtesy of Benchill.