Lockheed Martin Canada has secured a new contract from the Chilean Navy (Armada de Chile) for replacement combat management systems (CMS) and select subsystems for its three Type 23 frigates.

The company has been selected for the major export sale of its CMS 330 system following an extensive worldwide competitive tender.

Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems vice-president Rosemary Chapdelaine said: “We are thrilled with this award and look forward to working with the Chilean Navy and ASMAR, the Chilean shipyard, as well as forging long term relationships with Chilean partners to deliver new capability to the Armada de Chile.”

The company’s combat system integration capability and CMS 330 have already been deployed on the Royal Canadian Navy’s upgraded Halifax-class frigates.

"The critical skills and expertise developed here in support of key naval programmes positions us for continued economic growth."

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage said: “Lockheed Martin Canada is an anchor employer in Halifax and Nova Scotia, and I am excited about the future work coming to Nova Scotia employees as a result of this latest export sale to Chile.

“The critical skills and expertise developed here in support of key naval programmes positions us for continued economic growth. These valuable high-tech jobs also attract top talent and offer exceptional opportunities for our local graduates.”

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The Lockheed Martin systems have proven to be a major solution for both new vessels and mid-life upgrades of existing ships.

Lockheed Martin Canada's CMS 330 is currently deployed on four classes of vessels across three different navies.