Chilean Navy picks Lockheed for Type 23 frigate upgrades

Chilean Navy frigate CNS Almirante Cochrane (FF 05) at sea. Photo: US Navy

The Chilean Navy has selected Lockheed Martin Canada to upgrade combat management systems on its Type 23 frigates.

The company will provide its CMS 330 system which will now be featured on four different warship classes – New Zealand Navy Anzac-class frigates, and Canadian Navy AOPS and Halifax-class ships.

Lockheed Martin was selected as prime contractor following a tender that saw four competitors shortlisted.

BAE Systems, Israeli MBT Division, Lockheed Martin Canada, and Thales Nederland were competing for the contract to modernize the former Royal navy frigates Almirante Cochrane (ex-HMS Norfolk), Almirante Condell (ex-HMS Marlborough), and Almirante Lynch (ex-HMS Grafton).

“We are thrilled with this award and look forward to working with the Chilean Navy and ASMAR, the Chilean shipyard, as well as forging long term relationships with Chilean partners to deliver new capability to the Armada de Chile,” said Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president for Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems.

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