platform systems upgrade

ANZAC ships upgrade platform systems upgrade (PSU)

This project upgraded the platform systems on the ANZAC frigates, which included the control and monitoring system, overall weight and stability management, the propulsion system, and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Government approval timeline

November 2007
Project is approved to proceed at an estimated cost of NZ$57.6 million (excl. GST).

May 2008
Purchasing of the long lead items and the initial funding for start-up costs are approved at a total sum of NZ$9.25 million (excl. GST).

October 2008
NZ$15 million (excl. GST) is approved for the power upgrade element, the stability enhancement and compartment changes.

December 2010
Up to NZ$34.650 million (excl. GST) is approved for phase two of the project which covers the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) and the Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) solution upgrade.

December 2013
An adjustment of NZ$6 million from other Defence projects is allocated to the project for completion of phase two work on HMNZS Te Kaha. This takes the total amount allocated to the PSU project to $65.4 million.

14 April 2014
Phase two work on HMNZS Te Mana starts.


  • ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia (TKMSA) - design authority.
  • Australian Marine Technologies PTY Ltd (AMT) - design integration component of phase two.
  • Noske-Kaeser New Zealand Limited - HVAC and consoles.
  • Siemens NZ - IPMS.
  • L3 Mapps - GT-ECM.
  • MTU Detroit Diesel Australia (MTUDDA) - PDE interface.

Phase one - upgrade of the propulsion system and the overall weight and stability management

Contracts were awarded to:

  • MTUDDA - procurement of the long lead items.
  • MTUDDA - preliminary design study.
  • ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia (TKMSA) - design authority.
  • Australian Marine Technologies PTY Ltd (AMT) - design component of the stability enhancement element.
  • MTUDDA - power upgrade.

Phase two - IPMS and HVAC upgrades

The IPMS upgrade provides improved control and monitoring systems and enable more automation.

The HVAC upgrade reduces the effects of temperature on the performance and availability of a number of key systems, as well as improving conditions on board.

Current status

The project is complete, with formal project closure governance activities underway. 

The RNZN frigates in action

Read about how the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigates help to protect our interests at sea:

View the latest NZDF press releases(external link).

Find out more about the RNZN’s frigates Te Kaha(external link) and Te Mana(external link).


Contact: Jon Finderup, Director Maritime Domain