Lockheed Martin has been contracted by the Government of Canada to offer long-term, full-spectrum support for the submarine fire control system (SFCS) on-board the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RAN) four Victoria-class submarines and land based team trainers.
Under the $14.5m contract, Lockheed will provide in-service and field service support, obsolescence management, and technical investigations as requested by the Canadian Department of National Defence.
The company will also incorporate upgraded, layer-based displays, support of advanced sonar processing upgrades, remote control and image display of the search and attack periscopes, precision electronic navigation, and a deeper integration to electronic support measure systems.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training SFCS programme manager Bob Harman said: "Since Canada first acquired its Victoria-class submarines, we have worked in partnership with the Department of National Defence to apply technology advancements that achieve and maintain operational readiness that will remain viable through the fleet’s entire lifecycle.
"We will continue our commitment in providing low-risk solutions that show significant value for the Crown’s investment."
Work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s facilities in Manassas, Virginia, US, and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, and through field service support at Canadian forces bases in Halifax and Esquimalt.
The fire control system can be used by submarine commanders as a central command and control system that provides primary weapon control, sensor correlation, target motion analysis and maritime picture development.
It also provides a tactical picture compilation of all available acoustic and non-acoustic sensors.
Featuring processing system and technology capabilities, the system can rapidly synthesise sensor data and classify, identify and terminate threats on the surface and subsurface.
Image: The Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Victoria submarine. Photo: courtesy of LS Zachariah Stopa, MARPAC Imaging Services / PRNewsFoto / Lockheed Martin.