Is the CSC Program Dead?

July 16, 2019 – With the election style press release today from Public Services and Procurement Canada reveals something that does not bode well for the Canadian Surface Combatant program. “The government is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy’s 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s.” Yes, you read it correctly, 50 or more years for however many of the current frigate fleet can survive budget cuts or rust out. Obviously this boilerplate statement is a lie:…

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DND Statement on Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Report on the Canadian Surface Combatant

June 21, 2019 – The Department of National Defence (DND) welcomes the report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) on the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). As the PBO uses similar tools to our own analysts, their report represents a valuable and independent corroboration of our work. Since selecting a design for the CSC earlier this year, we have recalculated our cost estimates based on certain weapons and support systems which are now known to be part of the CSC design. After an initial review of the PBO report, we find…

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OSI Signs Contract with Lockheed Martin Canada to Design IBNS for CSC

April 16, 2019 – OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced the signing of a contract with Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC) to design the Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) for the Royal Canadian Navy Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program. Irving Shipbuilding is the CSC Prime Contractor and will build 15 ships at Halifax Shipyard. The CSC project, which is part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, will replace both the Iroquois-class destroyers and the Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates with a single class of ship capable of meeting multiple threats on both the…

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MDA Selected for Design Phase of Canadian Surface Combatant Program

February 8, 2019 – MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, today announced that Canada’s Combat Ship Team was selected by Irving Shipbuilding for the design contract for Canada’s Surface Combatant (CSC) ships. Irving Shipbuilding is the Canadian Surface Combatant Prime Contractor and will build all 15 ships at Halifax Shipyard. As a core member of the design team, MDA’s primary role will be to design the Electronic Warfare suite system for the CSC program.  The CSC is a globally deployable, multi-role warship designed to meet the distinctive mission requirements of the…

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UK Type 26 selected for Canadian Surface Combatant

October 26, 2018 – Canada’s Combat Ship Team has been identified as the preferred bidder for the Canadian Surface Combatant design. Our team is proud of our proposed solution, and we look forward to working with the Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding through the negotiation phase and toward a contract award. We are confident that our solution offers the right ship for Canada, combining Canada’s trusted Combat Management System with the world’s most advanced warship design and bringing together a pan-Canadian team with a proven track record and current…

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MAN selects Nova Scotia’s Modest Tree VR for AOPS Training

October 24, 2018 – MAN Energy Solutions has selected Nova Scotia-based simulation and training software developer, Modest Tree, to develop a virtual reality training solution for the engines onboard the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships under construction at Halifax Shipyard. The virtual reality training solution, the first of its kind in the marine sector, will train the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy to operate and maintain the ship’s engines. Each Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship will be propelled by two MAN Energy Solutions…

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CADSI on Canadian Surface Combatant Preferred Bidder

October 19, 2018 – Christyn Cianfarani, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), issued the following statement today in response to the federal government’s selection of Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. as the preferred bidder for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). “Today’s announcement represents a significant milestone for the CSC program, and for the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) as a whole. CADSI firmly believes, as we always have, that this is a nation-building program that will bolster Canadian industry, lead to more high-wage, high-skilled jobs…

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Alion Submits Final Proposal for Canadian Surface Combatant Program

August 9, 2018 – Alion Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alion Science and Technology, headquartered in McLean, Va., is pleased to announce that they have submitted their final bid and compliance forms to the Canadian government for the Canadian Surface Combatant Program. This is a major milestone in the Canadian Surface Combatant procurement. “We provide a world-class combatant that is a proven, affordable, off-the-shelf solution. Our offering is focused on the Royal Canadian Navy’s stated requirements and will generate jobs and innovation across Canada” “We provide a world-class combatant…

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New organization prepares RCN for future ships

A new organization, designed to better support the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as it receives the ships it needs for the future, plans to introduce them into service smoothly and with a view to driving naval innovation. Director General Future Ship Capability (DGFSC), headed by Rear-Admiral Casper Donovan, will help ensure the RCN is ready in terms of occupations, training systems, infrastructure, doctrine and tactics, and operational policies when the ships are completed and turned over to the navy to operate. DGFSC has three main components. The first is the…

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