HMCS Winnipeg

Raytheon Anschütz has successfully completed factory acceptance tests and delivery of twelve sets of navigation radars for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates.

The new deliveries include X-/ and S-Band radars with high-performance detection capabilities.

In addition, the new systems have been improved with new features including new radiation control and pulse blanker interfaces, as well as interfaces with the ship’s new command and control system.

It also features the navigation distribution system and the Canadian Navy’s electronic chart system.

Raytheon Anschütz and Canadian-based Virtual Marine Technologies have manufactured dedicated simulator equipment to connect to these radars at the land-based test and support facility at the MATTS in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

In 2009, Lockheed Martin Canada selected Raytheon Anschütz for this project.

Under this contract, Raytheon received the support of service engineers from Canadian companies on the East and West Coast to carry out training, setting to work, and support services throughout the life of the Halifax-class.

"New deliveries include the navigation distribution system and the Canadian Navy’s electronic chart system."

Currently, the Canadian Navy operates 12 Halifax-class multi-purpose frigates, which were commissioned between 1992 and 1997.

Of the total 12 ships, nine were constructed at the Saint John shipyards in Saint John, New Brunswick, and three vessels at Marine Industries Shipyards in Sorel.

In 2007, the Canadian Government launched a project to upgrade the Halifax-class frigates.

The modernisation programme covers new command systems, Harpoon missile system upgrades, radar suites, interrogator friend or foe (IFF) mode S/5, tactical data links, and countermeasures suites.

Image: One of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates, HMCS Winnipeg. Photo: courtesy of Royal Canadian Navy.