Canada’s Combat Ship Team Submits its Final Proposal for Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Project

Canada’s Combat Ship Team submitted its final proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project to prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, after four years of investment developing a solution.

Canada’s Combat Ship Team includes Lockheed Martin Canada, BAE Systems, CAE, MDA, L3 Technologies and Ultra Electronics. The team is offering a variant of the BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship design.

Canada’s Combat Ship Team
Canada’s Combat Ship Team. Source: Twitter

Purposely designed for high-end anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and capable of performing a variety of missions in any part of the world, the Type 26 is acoustically quiet, versatile, highly survivable, allows for the greatest margins of growth for future modernization, and, unlike other 10 to 15-year-old designs, minimizes obsolescence risk as a “bow-to-stern” digitally designed warship.

Making $17 billion in value proposition commitments to Canada, Canada’s Combat Ship Team commits to spending billions in innovation across Canada’s priority areas, including $2 billion in supplier development and $2 billion in Research and Development, and $200 million in Advanced Manufacturing. Employing a combined 9,000 Canadians in 40 facilities across the country and engaging a Canadian supply chain of more than 4,000 small and medium sized enterprises, the Team will develop new and enhance existing Canadian defence capabilities, which will bring tremendous exports to global markets.

Canada’s Combat Ship Team brings together a pan-Canadian team with a proven track record in delivering complex defence projects on-time and on-budget for the Canadian Armed Forces. As Canada’s only major Combat System Integrator and the provider of the CMS 330, Lockheed Martin Canada has been a trusted defence partner for more than 30 years delivering on the Halifax-class modernization project and modernizing frigates from the Royal New Zealand Navy and Chilean Navy. The Type 26 requires only minor change to meet Canada’s CSC needs and builds upon knowledge gained from the UK’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship and Australia’s SEA 5000 programs.

In addition, the team is the only bid fully within the Five Eyes Intelligence Community – comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – providing access to the most trusted and sensitive technology.

Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program

Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program is the procurement project that will replace the Iroquois-class destroyers and Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with up to 15 new ships beginning in the early 2020s as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

The replacement vessels will be somewhat larger than the existing Halifax-class, and presumably provide a wide-area air defence capability, anti-submarine warfare capability, as well as anti-shipping capability. The design of these ships is currently underway and both the total number of ships and their capability will be dependent on the budget that is allocated to the project.

The CSC will be able to conduct a broad range of tasks, in various scenarios, including: 1) decisive combat power at sea and support during land operations; 2) counter-piracy, counter terrorism, interdiction and embargo operations for medium intensity operations and 3) the delivery of humanitarian aid, search and rescue, law and sovereignty enforcement for regional engagements.

According to the estimates, the program will cost around $56-60 billion.

Contenders for the program are:

+ Alion-JJMA – De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate
+ BAE Systems – Type 26 frigate
+ Navantia – F-105 frigate or Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate

Construction is slated to begin in the early 2020s, with the first ship to be delivered in the mid-2020s. The last ship is expected to have been delivered, commissioned and upgraded to have complete operational capability by the late 2040s.

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