Seaspan Shipyards has selected Lockheed Martin Canada’s Command Management System (CMS 330) for Canada’s Joint Support Ships (JSS). Valued at $118 million, the CMS 330 deal is the largest contract that Seaspan intends to award to a JSS supplier. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd., is the prime contractor for the future Protecteur-Class JSS, which are being built under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).                        

 

The CMS 330 “will provide the Royal Canadian Navy with a customized command suite that will help enable our purpose-built military vessels to operate in any theatre; including high threat environments,” said Captain James Salt, DND’s director of Naval Major Crown Projects, during the contract announcement at Lockheed Martin’s Ottawa facilities 

 

Developed in Canada, the CMS 330 performs four key functions to integrate a ship’s various aspects into a single operating system. These functions are:

•  Situational Awareness (collecting shipboard radar and sensor data);

•  Intelligence (converting this data actionable information);

•  Planning (presenting the data in an intuitive format to aid human assessment and decision-making);

•  Command and Control (directing the ship’s systems to respond to and engage with incoming threats).     

 

Seaspan Shipyards selected Lockheed Martin’s CMS 330 package “because they put together the best proposal,” said Seaspan CEO Mark Lemarre, in an exclusive interview with CDR following the contract announcement. “It’s as simple as that: It’s the best capability for the customer, and a fantastic proposal.”

With the JSS command management contract signed, Lockheed Martin is now supplying the CMS 330 on five classes of ships across three navies. If the company finalizes the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) contract with the federal government – Lockheed Martin is currently the CSC’s ‘preferred bidder’ – this will raise the total to six classes of ships.

“This is critical, because it’s a validation that our technology is on the top of the market,” said Gary Fudge, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems. “It allows our international customers to see that the Canadian military has confidence in products that are built here in Canada.”

This last point is particularly important for international sales, Fudge told CDR, because “the Canadian navy is very demanding” when it comes to expecting the very best quality from its suppliers. “They want a very exact system meeting very specific requirements,” he said. “Other navies around the world know that.”

This is why installing the CMS 330 on the JSS, and potentially the CSC, is a big boost for this product’s export chances with other navies. “New Zealand and Chile, for example: ‘Hey, if it’s okay for Canada, it’s okay for us’,” said Fudge.

Lockheed Martin will also aid Seaspan in finding suppliers to provide an Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system for the JSS. The ESM will detect electromagnetic signals, have a surveillance radar system, an IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) system, an Electro Optical Infrared Sensor, and a Tactical Data Link. Lockheed Martin will integrate these systems on the JSS, design the ESM control consoles, and configure the Operations Room where these consoles will be housed in the JSS.