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Lockheed Martin Canada has selected Saab to deliver optronic sensors for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Ceros 200 fire control directors.

The Saab-manufactured Ceros 200 are fitted to all of Canada’s Halifax-class frigates, along with a land-based test site.

The delivery forms part of the navy’s Halifax-class modernisation / frigate life-extension programme. Lockheed is the prime contractor for the project.

“This order is the result of Saab’s good cooperation with Lockheed Martin and the Canadian Navy.”

Work under this order will be performed from 2016 to 2017 at Saab’s facilities in Sweden and Canada.

Saab business area Surveillance combat systems and C4I solutions head of business unit Thomas Kloos said: "This order is the result of Saab’s good cooperation with Lockheed Martin and the Canadian Navy.

"The agreement will improve the system beyond its original specifications."

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Ceros 200 is a radar and optronic tracking fire control director intended for used in naval ships. It can interface with modern missile or gun systems for defence against a modern threat, including advanced sea skimming missiles or asymmetric surface threats in littoral environments.

In 2014, Saab Microwave Canada was contracted by the Canadian Government to repair and upgrade the weapon-control radars installed into the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates.

The frigate modernisation project aims to extend the life span and performance of the twelve ships for the next decade and beyond.

Image: Saab to deliver optronic sensors for Canada Halifax-class frigates. Photo: courtesy of Saab AB.