Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade protects sailors from quieter submarines and torpedoes

June 10, 2019 – The naval operational environment is constantly in flux, and small advantages can be the strategic difference during an engagement. In recent years almost all nations in possession of submarines have put forth significant resources to make submarines and torpedoes operate more quietly. To address these evolving threats, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is taking steps to improve the detection abilities of its Halifax-class frigates. “A lot of the resources that were put forward at the end of the Cold War were for passive sonars,” said Lieutenant-Commander…

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Sonar Upgrade for Halifax Class

The Minister of Rural Economic Development announced the award of two contracts valued at $186 million to General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada to upgrade and maintain underwater sensors installed in the modernized Halifax-class frigates. The majority of this work will occur in Canada, creating and maintaining about 120 highly skilled jobs while supporting the continued growth and competitive advantage of the underwater sensor industrial capabilities in Canada. As a result of this investment, the Halifax-class frigates will be able to detect quieter targets at increased ranges. In addition, improved automation will…

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General Dynamics Awarded UWSU Contract for Royal Canadian Navy

October 2, 2018 – General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada was awarded the Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade (UWSU) contract to upgrade and maintain underwater sensors on the Halifax-class frigates for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Together with Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems and Nautel, General Dynamics will offer the RCN an improved ability to detect and track underwater threats, while continuing to develop technologies that generate economic impact for Canada. “General Dynamics is pleased to continue its proud tradition of supporting Canada in anti-submarine warfare as we embark on this ambitious upgrade program,”…

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