Halifax Class Modernization

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Halifax-class frigate upgrade interesting for Royal New Zealand Navy?

A report by David Pugliese entitled “New Zealand To Upgrade Frigates” advises that the Government of New Zealand is searching for a midlife upgrade for its two ANZAC-class frigates.  While one would have expected the New Zealand government to begin its search for an upgrade in Australia, it would appear […]

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Strategic choices are dictated by numbers and dollars

This week’s announcement that the contracts to modernize and refit the twelve Halifax-class frigates will be split unequally between two shipyards (East: Halifax Shipyard, seven ships, $549M; West: Victoria Shipyards, five ships, $351M) has avoided the bitter dispute that erupted over the earlier decision to modernize the Victoria-class submarines only […]

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Halifax Class Modernization

The announcement of the $3.1B frigate upgrade is solidly good news. This very welcome project does, however, contain hidden dangers. Significantly, the DND backgrounder suggests it will include: A new command and control system New radar suite IFF Mode S/5 – Interrogator Friend or Foe Mode S/5 Internal communications system […]

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