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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Victoria Shipyards to Maintain Canada’s West Coast-based Halifax-class Frigates

July 16, 2019 – Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards has signed a contract to perform Docking Maintenance work on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of Halifax-class frigates. This work has been executed by Victoria Shipyards for the last decade under the Frigate Life Extension (FELEX) modernization program. The maintenance support for Canada’s frigates will see Seaspan provide docking work periods for Canada’s five Halifax-class frigates stationed on the West Coast. The Government of Canada also announced similar work would be conducted by two other Canadian shipyards for Canada’s seven East Coast-based…

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RCN Evaluating Collins Aerospace DIGAR GPS Anti-Jammer

May 28, 2019 – Collins Aerospace Systems has been selected by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to provide its Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) to evaluate anti-jam navigation capabilities for the RCN’s Halifax-class frigates. The RCN will test the DIGAR in a maritime environment for Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT) during operations, part of a bigger trend across allies to mitigate navigation threats as adversaries become more advanced. “The DIGAR will provide the RCN the highest levels of GPS anti-jam protection available so they can navigate with accuracy and…

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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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LR Now Authorized to Conduct Halifax Class Surveys

December 4, 2018 – On 15 November 2018, LR became the first classification society to be assigned RO (Recognized Organization) status by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). LR is now authorized to survey Halifax Class vessels and undertake combatant certification activities in key hazard areas of the Naval Ship Code. The DND assessed LR’s ability to execute certification duties on behalf of the Naval Materiel Regulatory Authority (NMRA) for Combatant Naval Vessels through a three-day verification audit. LR successfully demonstrated the requisite competencies and was awarded RO status…

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Combat Management System CMS 330

Lockheed Martin Canada’s Combat Management System – CMS 330 – is a derivative of a Lockheed Martin Canada legacy product that was originally developed in Canada in the 1980’s for the original build of the Royal Canadian Navy’s HALIFAX Class ships. CMS 330 was developed as a result of 25+ years’ experience and knowledge of Canadian and NATO naval operations. Key aspects of the system include: The system was designed as a modern, affordable solution for mid-life upgrades in the international market. It has an open architecture design which adapts…

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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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Fresh Success for Rheinmetall in Canada

The Canadian Forces have awarded Rheinmetall an important follow-on contract. The Canadian Navy plans to expand the MASS countermeasure systems installed on its Halifax-class frigates. The order is worth about CAD20 million (€12 million). MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) is an automated decoy system that protects surface combatants from advanced anti-ship missiles. Scheduled to run for four years (2018-2022), the project will be carried out in close cooperation between Rheinmetall’s Fronau plant in Bavaria and Rheinmetall Canada Inc. in Canada. The Canadian procurement authorities have given a green light to…

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Raytheon Awarded Phalanx Upgrade & Support Contract

Raytheon Canada Limited has been awarded a $704 million contract to upgrade and support 21 Close-In Weapons Systems for the Royal Canadian Navy. These rapid-fire, radar-guided gun systems provide the most effective naval self-defence system available against close-in threats such as missiles, small ships, and aircraft. These systems are currently in use on the Navy’s Halifax-class frigates, and will also be installed on the Protecteur-class joint support ships following their construction.

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Rust and Mould – The RCN remains ever vigilant

Regardless of the type of ship operating at sea, there are two ever-present challenges that require constant vigilance to ensure they are appropriately dealt with – rust and mould. While both are naturally occurring processes and the conditions at sea are ideal for them, they are manageable. The RCN takes these two issues very seriously because if not effectively managed they can affect the health and safety of our sailors, and the effectiveness of its ships. The RCN has a very broad and comprehensive strategy in place to appropriately manage…

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