The New Zealand Ministry of Defence has selected Northrop Grumman to deliver navigation suite upgrades to the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) two Anzac-class frigates.
The new navigation suites are aimed to replace the existing MK49 inertial navigation units with fourth-generation MK39s.
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems maritime systems vice-president Todd Leavitt said: "Northrop Grumman is pleased to have been awarded a contract by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence for this crucial upgrade to the Royal New Zealand Navy’s frigates.
"This dependable suite combines our latest navigation technology and data distribution capabilities, which include secure network communications capable of transmitting time-corrected data with low senescence."
According to Northrop, these new next-generation inertial navigational units feature an embedded data distribution system.
The new MK39 units, which offer a significant reduction in weight and size, has auto select features that will support the delivery of highest quality data to the ship.
Leavitt added: "This capability will significantly improve the warfighter’s ability to react to potential threats and increase safety at sea."
The 118m-long Anzac-class frigates vessel have a displacement capacity of 3,600t and are capable of accommodating a crew of 163.
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, the vessels have a speed of 27k, with a maximum range of 11,000km.
In addition, the vessels are equipped with an eight-cell Mk41 vertical launching system for Nato Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles.
Image: A Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Anzac-class frigate, HMNZS Te Kaha (F77). Photo: courtesy of Kazec at English Wikipedia.