Lockheed has completed a critical design review (CDR) with the Canadian Navy, as part of a deal to modernise the combat systems on Halifax Class multimission frigates.

Under the combat systems integration contract awarded in 2008, Lockheed will provide a new command and control system, radars, tactical data links, electronic support measures and other warfare capabilities to 12 Halifax ships.

The current command and control systems will be maintained by the company until the entire fleet is modernised.

The CDR will broadly cover the designs and plans for shipboard systems, trainers and facilities, and evaluate the design and progress on the land-based and on-board trainer systems along with the upgrades to the Canadian Navy.

Lockheed Canada is the original manufacturer and in-service support provider for both the Halifax and Iroquois Class vessels.