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Canada Officially Selects Design for CSC

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that the Government of Canada has officially selected Lockheed Martin Canada for the design of 15 new Canadian Surface Combatants that will be built at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard.

The winning bid is based on the BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding will work alongside Lockheed Martin Canada to customize the ship design to meet Canada’s requirements and to incorporate Canadian systems and equipment. This design work is expected to take three to four years to complete. Construction is set to begin in the early 2020s.

BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics partnered as Canada’s Combat Ship Team to offer the Royal Canadian Navy the most advanced and modern warship design, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, with high-tech platform innovations from prominent Canadian companies.

  • BAE Systems, will contribute its Type 26 Global Combat Ship design, for which first vessel is currently in production in the UK.
  • CAE will provide an integrated training system that aligns with the Future Naval Training Strategy. 
  • Lockheed Martin will provide the Canadian-developed combat management system, CMS 330.
  • L3 Technologies will provide the Integrated Platform Management System, Integrated Communication Systems, electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors, weapons stowage and torpedo handling systems and helicopter hangar doors.
  • MDA will lead the Electronic Warfare system integration, build an advanced radar system, partner with L3 WESCAM to build a Laser Warning and Countermeasures System and partner with Lockheed Martin Canada to develop an advanced Electronic Warfare jamming subsystem.
  • Ultra Electronics will be lead the Underwater Warfare component for the Frigate

The team also secured several additional partners, including Rolls-Royce with its Canadian-designed and manufactured Mission Bay Handling System that will enable adaptability for the ships’ operations.

Canada’s Combat Ship Team will deliver lasting economic benefits to Canadian industry through $17 billion in value proposition commitments in innovation across Canada’s priority areas, including $2 billion in supplier development, $2 billion in research and development, and $200 million in advanced manufacturing.

The initial contract with Irving Shipbuilding is valued at $185 million (including taxes) and will increase as design work progresses, resulting in significant benefits across the Canadian economy. The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy will apply to this contract, ensuring that for every dollar the government puts into this contract, a dollar goes back into Canada’s economy.

Contracts awarded to date through the National Shipbuilding Strategy will contribute an estimated $10.9 billion of gross domestic product and create or maintain more than 10,000 jobs during the period of 2012 to 2022.

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