February 6, 2019 – Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded Lockheed Martin Canada (Lockheed Martin) of Ottawa, Ontario, a contract for work on Canada’s new replenishment ships. At $118M, this is the largest contract package that Seaspan will award for work on the JSS. Lockheed Martin is one of several major systems integrators that Seaspan is working with in order to meet its commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Seaspan and Lockheed Martin have an established relationship as partners on several programs for the Royal Canadian Navy and, more recently, the Royal New Zealand Navy, in maintaining and upgrading vital military assets.
Lockheed Martin will provide a state of the art Command Management System based around the CMS 330 for the JSS. CMS 330 integrates a ship’s weapons, data, sensors and other equipment into a single operating system. The system has been designed and developed in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and optimized for Canadian Doctrine and Operating procedures. It provides for total system program performance, complete with a full suite of training systems and logistical support tailored to meet the needs of the women and men of the RCN.
In addition to CMS 330, Lockheed Martin will engage key suppliers to deliver an Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system designed to detect electromagnetic signals, a surveillance radar system, an Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, an Electro Optical Infrared sensor, and a Tactical Data Link. Lockheed Martin will provide the integration for all these systems as well as the design of the consoles and configuration of the Operations Room. These systems will enable these purpose-built military vessels to operate in any theatre including high threat environments.
With its work under the NSS, Seaspan has developed more than $850M in committed contracts with approximately 540 Canadian companies. By building ships for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in Canada, Seaspan is helping to re-establish a Canadian marine industry. As the company continues to make progress on its NSS commitments, this supply chain will grow as more Canadian companies realize new opportunities with a revitalized shipbuilding industry. It is through its work on the NSS that Seaspan is directly and indirectly helping to employ thousands of Canadians from coast to coast.