A team led by Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia has submitted its proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme.

The team has proposed a solution based on the F-105 frigate design for the Spanish Navy that will help address the requirements of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

The latest anti-submarine warfare vessel will be integrated with Saab’s 9LV combat management systems (CMS).

“The Navantia team offers a compliant solution with the best capability for the RCN and the Canadian shipbuilding industry.”

Elements of the CMS are currently in service on more than 240 platforms in 16 navies worldwide, including Canada’s Halifax-class frigates.

Navantia chairman Esteban García Vilasánchez said: “We are pleased to announce that Navantia-led team has submitted its tender response for the CSC programme, with Saab Australia as the Combat Systems Integrator (CSI) and CEA Technologies providing key elements of the proposed solution.

“With a strong heritage in designing and building frigates and destroyers and proven technology transfer in global programmes, the Navantia team offers a compliant solution with the best capability for the RCN and the Canadian shipbuilding industry.”

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Under the CSC programme, the Canadian Navy will purchase up to 15 frigates to replace the Iroquois-class destroyers and Halifax-class vessels.

Construction work on the new frigates will commence in the early 2020s.

The suppliers selected to support the Canadian programme include Lockheed Martin, General Dynamic Mission Systems – Canada (GDMS-C), DRS Technologies Canada (DRS TCL), OSI Maritime Service and Rheinmetall Canada.