Frigate Sustainment - Communications

New communications systems for HMNZS Te Kaha and Te Mana will ensure ongoing interoperability of communication technology within the NZDF and with global partners.

The Frigate Sustainment - Communications Project is part of the programme of work that will ensure the ships of the Royal New Zealand Navy Combat Force are operable until the end of their extended service lives.

The project will ensure ongoing interoperability of communication technology with partners and support other new capabilities that are being acquired for the NZDF, such as the P-8A Poseidon and those being delivered under the Network Enabled Army programme.


A contract was signed with British company Systems Engineering and Assessment Limited as the Prime Systems Integrator on 18 August 2021. 

Current Status 

The procurement of radios via the Foreign Military Sales process is progressing and a contract has now been entered into with the US Government for the supply of these long lead items. 


Contact: Jon Finderup, Director Maritime Domain
Email: industry@defence.govt.nz
Updated: July 2022