New Zealand’s ANZAC Frigates to Get SSTD Systems

HMNZS Te Mana (F111)

Ultra Electronics announces that its Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a contract, worth £9.9m for the provision of its Sea Sentor Surface Ship Torpedo Defence (SSTD) system to be used for New Zealand’s ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) programme.

 

Negotiations completed with a contract signing ceremony on 11th July at the New Zealand MoD Defence House in Wellington.

Under this contract the Group will deliver two Sea Sentor SSTD Systems. The SSTD system delivers a single in-line towed array solution utilising a passive tow for detection, classification and localisation of the threat posed to a ship’s safety by incoming torpedoes fired from a hostile submarine. The system features a flexible towed body countermeasure able to decoy and jam all torpedo types, including wake-homing torpedoes, and optional launchers can further deploy expendable countermeasures.

The ANZAC FSU project will upgrade the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities of the ANZAC frigates to match current and future threats and address the obsolescence of some of the current systems.

Press Release, July 21, 2014; Image: Wikimedia

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