Thales has awarded key contracts to DRS Technologies Canada and OSI Maritime Systems for new Canadian joint support ships.

The company is currently serving as Seaspan Shipyards’ tier one partner and electronic systems integrator for the Canadian National Shipbuilding Strategy’s non-combat vessels.

As a partner, Thales will procure and integrate key systems and equipment for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new joint support ships and the offshore fisheries science vessels and the offshore oceanographic science vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Under the contract with Thales, OSI will be responsible for supplying and supporting the installation of an integrated bridge and navigation system (IBNS).

Seaspan Shipyards CEO Mark Lamarre said: “These contracts are the latest example of the growing Canadian supply chain being developed as Seaspan and partners like Thales work together under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

“The work taking place at OSI and DRS Technologies Canada is indicative of the world-class standard of products and services that Canadian companies are able to competitively deliver as part of the broader shipbuilding industry.”

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The company’s integrated navigation and tactical system is a fully scalable International Maritime Organization (IMO) and NATO compliant system.

Thales Canada Defence Mission Systems vice-president Dale Potter said: “As a key partner to Seaspan Shipyards, Thales is committed to delivering systems that meet the operational needs of the Royal Canadian Navy for their new joint support ships.

“As a key partner to Seaspan Shipyards, Thales is committed to delivering systems that meet the operational needs of the Royal Canadian Navy for their new joint support ships.”

“The engagement of suppliers such as OSI and DRS Technologies Canada are prime examples of how the National Shipbuilding Strategy is generating positive economic benefits in communities across the country while delivering these important ships to the Royal Canadian Navy.”

DRS Technologies Canada will provide the secure voice and tactical intercommunication system, ship’s telephone system and main broadcast and alarm system, which together form the internal communications systems.

By integrating the internal communications systems with the other communication, control and monitoring systems on board the vessels, Thales will be able to offer a complete, integrated communication solution for the joint support ships.

In April 2019, Seaspan awarded a contract to MAN Energy Solutions Canada to provide the power and propulsions systems for the Canadian joint support ships.