Saab to upgrade Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates

7 July 2014 (Last Updated July 7th, 2014 18:30)

The Canadian Government has awarded a contract to Saab Microwave Canada for the modernisation of twelve of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates.

HMCS Regina

The Canadian Government has awarded a contract to Saab Microwave Canada for the modernisation of twelve of the Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax-class frigates.

Under the $18.5m contract, awarded as part of the Halifax-class modernisation / frigate life extension project, Saab will be responsible for the repair and overhaul of the weapon-control radars installed on the vessels.

The contract also includes three optional one-year extensions.

Canada Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson said: "These upgrades to the surveillance and weapon-control radars ensure that our sailors have the safe, reliable equipment they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century and respond when and where we need them."

"These upgrades to the surveillance and weapon-control radars ensure that our sailors have the safe, reliable equipment they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century."

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

In addition to offering the crew critical visibility of their surroundings, the radars are paired with a weapon-control system that enables aircraft, ship and missile threats to be engaged.

Currently, the fleet of Royal Canadian Navy frigates is undergoing a series of modernisations, including a new command and control system, new radar capability and electronic warfare system, and upgraded communications technologies and missiles.

Overall, the programme is anticipated to take approximately six and a half years.


Image: The Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax-class HMCS Regina (FFH 334) frigate. Photo: courtesy of Soerfm.

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