Canada’s Combat Ship Team has submitted its final proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project.
The proposal has been submitted to prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, Nova Scotia, following four years of investment.
Companies involved in the Combat Ship Team include Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, CAE, MDA, L3 Technologies and Ultra Electronics.
The team is set to combine Lockheed Martin Canada’s expertise in naval integration with BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship design to develop a low-risk solution that is intended to provide the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with the optimum vessel to meet its CSC needs.
The acoustically quiet, versatile and highly survivable frigate has been specifically designed to conduct high-end anti-submarine warfare operations.
It is capable of performing a variety of missions in any part of the world.
The Canadian Type 26 model has been built based on knowledge gained from the British Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship and Australia’s SEA 5000 programmes.
However, it will require a number of minor changes and upgrades in order to adequately address the RCN’s CSC needs.
The Combat Ship Team intends to develop new defence capabilities across the country as part of the initiative, as well as improve existing solutions.
The CSC will be able to carry out a wide range of operations such as decisive combat power at sea and support during land operations, as well as counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, interdiction and embargo operations for medium-intensity operations.
It will also assist in the delivery of humanitarian aid, along with supporting search and rescue, law and sovereignty enforcement operations for regional engagements.
RCN is expected to procure a total of 15 CSC vessels and the construction of the first ship is expected to commence in the early 2020s.