French and Italian shipbuilders, Naval Group and Fincantieri have offered an “off-the-shelf”, sea-proven solution based on the FREMM frigate design for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program.
The Government of Canada has declared its intention to acquire 15 surface combatant ships with an existing and proven NATO warship design that could be readily modified to best meet the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) requirements.
Should the offer be accepted, the future frigates would be built in Canada at Irving Shipbuilding in a very short time, maximizing Canadian Industrial participation and job creation locally through a dedicated and comprehensive transfer of technology, as well as integrating Canadian suppliers into the two companies’ global supply chains.
Naval Group and Fincantieri have previously collaborated on several major naval projects, including the joint development of the FREMM frigate.
Considered as a world leader in her class, the FREMM frigate is a versatile vessel able to execute any type of missions encompassing all warfare domains (AAW, ASW, ASuW, Land Attack, Command Ship, etc.). Both the general purpose and anti-submarine warfare variants are already in service in two leading NATO navies.
Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC)
Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program is the procurement project that will replace the Iroquois-class destroyers and Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates 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.
Possible contenders for the program are:
+ Alion-JJMA – De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate
+ BAE Systems – Type 26 frigate
+ DCNS / Fincantieri – FREMM multipurpose frigate
+ Navantia – F-105 frigate or Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate
+ Odense Maritime Technology – Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate
+ ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada – Baden-Württemberg-class frigate