MDA to continue development of RCN’s naval operations software solutions system

15 September 2016 (Last Updated September 15th, 2016 18:30)

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has been awarded a contract by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to continue developing and expanding RCN’s naval operations software solutions (NOSS) system until 2021.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has been awarded a contract by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to continue developing and expanding RCN’s naval operations software solutions (NOSS) system until 2021.

The C$9m ($6.8m) contract has a base value of C$5.3m ($4m) over three years and two additional one-year options that are valued at C$1.8m ($1.36m) each.

It follows the original contract awarded to MDA in 1997 to upgrade and improve RCN’s capability.

"MDA is proud to develop and enhance this world-leading, fully operational maritime intelligence infrastructure capability."

MDA general manager Norman Hannaford said: "MDA is proud to develop and enhance this world-leading, fully operational maritime intelligence infrastructure capability and in supporting the RCN for over two decades."

The operational maritime command, control and information management system, NOSS, is used by RCN personnel continuously throughout the day for shore and ship based command and control, and military message handling and distribution.

It also allows the RCN to manage dynamic information on the location and status of RCN vessels and personnel, and all other ships based on the requirements of Canada's Department of National Defence (DND).

The command centres are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Esquimalt, British Columbia, and are relayed with various maritime data and information which then distributes the information across all the operational units in the world.

NOSS serves as a direct connection between DND's strategic communications infrastructure and interfaces, and other Canadian Government departments and allies.

Recently, MDA received a C$48.5m ($37.9m) contract to deliver an advanced broad-area global maritime and Arctic surveillance solution, Polar Epsilon 2 (PE2), to the DND.