Defence firms win C$60bn Canadian Surface Combatants design contract

Hemanth Kumar 11 February 2019 (Last Updated February 11th, 2019 16:34)

The Canadian Government has awarded a contract to a team led by Lockheed Martin Canada to design 15 new Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Defence firms win C$60bn Canadian Surface Combatants design contract
The new Canadian Surface Combatants will replace the Halifax-class frigates (pictured). Credit: US Navy photo by Canadian Armed Forces Sgt Matthew McGregor.

The Canadian Government has awarded a contract to a Lockheed Martin-led team to design 15 new Canadian Surface Combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy.

The surface combatants are based on Type 26 global combat ship developed by BAE Systems and will be built at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard.

Canada Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Carla Qualtrough said: “Our government is providing the Royal Canadian Navy with the ships it needs to do its important work of protecting Canadians.

“This procurement process for Canada’s future fleet of Canadian Surface Combatants was conducted in an open, fair and transparent manner that yielded the best ship design, and design team, to meet our needs for many years to come.”

With a total estimated budget of C$56bn-C$60bn ($42.16bn-$45.17bn), the Canadian Surface Combatants project involves developing ships to replace the Halifax-class frigates and the retired Iroquois-class destroyers.

Irving Shipbuilding is the prime contractor and shipbuilder of the new Canadian Surface Combatants fleet. The Value of the initial contract with Irving is C$185m ($139.29m).

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will work with the Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding to prepare a customised design to suit Canada’s requirements and to incorporate Canadian systems and equipment.

Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems vice-president Gary Fudge said: “This award is true validation of our Canadian capability. Our team is honoured, knowing that we offered the right solution for Canada and a proven ability to perform on complex defence programmes.

"Our government is providing the Royal Canadian Navy with the ships it needs to do its important work of protecting Canadians."

“Lockheed Martin Canada is ready to continue serving as Canada’s trusted Combat System Integrator, as it has for more than three decades, leveraging the innovation and talent here at home that will ultimately result in unprecedented economic outcome for Canada.”

The completion of the design work is expected to take up to four years, with construction due to commence in the early 2020s.

Apart from Lockheed Martin, the design team known as Combat Ship Team includes BAE Systems, CAE, L3 Technologies, MDA, and Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems.

“We are delighted to be part of Canada’s Combat Ship Team that has been awarded the Canadian Surface Combatant design contract,” said BAE Systems Canada general manager Anne Healey.

“We believe that the Type 26 Global Combat Ship is the right solution for Canada, combining Canada’s trusted Combat Management System with the world’s most advanced warship design and bringing together a pan-Canadian team with a proven track record and current capability to perform complex defence projects.”

The multi-mission Type 26 ship is capable of supporting anti-submarine warfare, air defence and general purpose operations.

With a displacement of 6,900t and measuring 149.9m in length, the vessel can be deployed independently or as part of a task group to conduct high-intensity warfare, humanitarian assistance and other missions.

–Additional reporting by Talal Husseini.