Terma has collaborated with Nanowave Technologies as part of Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) programme in order to support the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Arctic and offshore patrol ships (AOPS) project.
The programme seeks to provide Canadian companies with opportunities to work in defence or security sector.
Terma previously provided its SCANTER 6002 radar system to Lockheed Martin Canada, which was selected by Irving Shipbuilding to provide its combat management system (CMS 330) for the RCN’s new fleet of AOPS.
The SCANTER 6000 series of radars has been designed to detect and track small surface targets, as well as air targets located in the near lower airspace surrounding the vessel.
The radar can be used for search-and-rescue operations and law enforcement tasks such as control of illegal immigration, smugglers, and piracy using its surface surveillance capabilities.
It is expected to be able to provide even greater assistance during search-and-rescue operations when integrated with Terma’s C-Flex command & control (C2) system.
Nanowave president and CEO Justin Miller said: “Entering into innovative partnerships and co-development projects with international defence companies such as Terma and Lockheed Martin is essential for local high-tech firms such as ours that rely almost exclusively on exports for success.
“Our work as a result of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy allows us to develop unique solutions that we can bring to the international market and further support highly skilled jobs here in Canada.”
A total of six Harry DeWolf-class ice-capable ships are set to be built as part of the AOPS project.
Construction of the vessels is currently underway at the Halifax Shipyard.
The AOPS will be capable of armed sea-borne surveillance of Canada’s waters in order to provide the government with situational awareness of activities and events in these regions.
The vessels will also be used to cooperate with partners in the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments to assert and enforce Canadian sovereignty when and where necessary.