The FSU project is a significant mid-life upgrade of the New Zealand ANZAC frigates’ combat system encompassing the replacement, addition, and/or modification of the majority of the combat system equipment and associated spaces.
The FSU Project will increase the ships’ combat capability and utility commensurate with the modern threat environment. To an observer, the most noticeable element of the FSU solution will be the replacement of the forward and aft masts on the ANZAC frigates, which will support many of the new sensors.
AMT has been a key design and integration partner for the FSU Project from its beginning. AMT worked closely with the New Zealand MoD Project Team to develop and derisk the initial concepts. This role has developed through AMT working as part of the Crown Team to develop the Concepts to the Preliminary Design stage.
After the completion of the Preliminary Design in 2015, AMT was then contracted by the Prime Contractor (Lockheed Martin Canada) to undertake the detailed design for the complete FSU ship integration.
During the detail design AMT worked closely with the implementation shipyard to ensure that the level of detail produced in the design package is optimised and focussed on that necessary to support the production process and build process, while minimising the time required to install the FSU solution. CDR for the lead ship was successfully completed in early May 2017 with Prefabrication in Victoria Shipyard in Canada commencing in late 2017.
AMT will provide design personnel on-site during the production period, to support and assist the shipyard.