SK17 Canterbury The Cut Nelson Oct 2017

HMNZS Canterbury + Offshore Patrol Vessels Communications Upgrade

Upgraded communications systems on HMNZS Canterbury and the Offshore Patrol Vessels (Otago and Wellington) will enable better communication and networking with other ships, aircraft, ground forces and coalition partners when deployed.

This upgrade will allow for an increased ability for Canterbury to conduct concurrent operations, lead joint and combined operations and maintain interoperability with key partners. It will provide confidence that the vessel can effectively and efficiently complete her missions. The Offshore Patrol Vessels Communications Upgrade will maintain tasking availability, improve ability to conduct expected tasks and maintain interoperability in to the future.


In October 2020 the Acquisition Review Board assessed the options and recommended a preferred supplier, MSA as Prime System Integrator for the CAN/OPV Communications Upgrade Project. This was approved by the Secretary of Defence.

Following Defence Chief Executive’s approval to commit funds on 22 February 2021, the Design, Build and Installation (DBI) contract was signed between the Secretary of Defence, on behalf of the Crown, and MSA. MSA are subcontracting New Zealand Companies Beca Technologies and McKay Ltd.

Current Status 

Over the 2022/23 year, approval was received to commence the installation work, which continues on Canterbury and Otago with plans for acceptance trials to be completed in 2023/24.

Contact: Jon Finderup, Director Maritime Domain
Updated: October 2023