Ultra Electronics to Provide Sonar Systems for Type 26 Global Combat Ship Offered for Canada’s CSC Program

Ultra Electronics will provide its all-digital hull-mount sonar, UK Sonar 2150, and the towed low-frequency active sonar for the BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship offered for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program.

The UK Sonar 2150 was specifically developed for the U.K. Royal Navy’s Type 23 Duke-class and Type 26 City-class frigates. This sonar combines a highly evolved digital high-performance ASW capability with a mine-avoidance capability and an integrated torpedo defence capability.

This sonar is the third-generation hull-mount sonar for Ultra, and draws on the capabilities developed for the Royal Navy Type 45 and the Royal Australian Navy Hobart-class destroyers, and the S2170 UK Surface Ship Torpedo Defence (SSTD) system.

The sonar will be manufactured at Ultra’s facility in Dartmouth, where it will be supported through the life of the CSC program. The towed low-frequency active sonar, which has its roots in the advanced developments from the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), will also be manufactured at the Dartmouth facility as it was for the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN).

Ultra Electronics has facilities in Dartmouth, Montreal and Ottawa employing more than 511 people across Canada. This work will generate high-tech jobs in Nova Scotia for sonar design, manufacturing, and through life-support, and add to the company’s significant export capability.

“Ultra Electronics is delighted to be a member of the CSC Home Team that is bringing the Type 26 Frigate to Canada. Drawing on our more than 70 years of experience supplying world leading defence equipment to both Canadian and international customers, Ultra is the leader of the Underwater Warfare segment for the Frigate on the CSC Home Team. This work will generate high-tech jobs in Nova Scotia for sonar design, manufacturing, and through life-support, and add to our existing significant export capability”, said Leo Gaessler, President, Ultra Electronics Canada.

“Our existing supply chain includes both large and small firms such as Curtiss-Wright Indal Technologies of Mississauga and MacKenzie Atlantic Tool & Die of Musquodoboit Harbour, NS; and for Canada’s future surface combatant we are adding firms such as JSK Naval Support Inc. of Pointe-Claire, QC, who will apply the skills gained on the UK and Australian Type 26 hull mount sonar programs. We are well positioned to be ready on day one”, he added.

Type 26 Global Combat Ship Design for Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program

BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship design is being offered for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program by the Canada’s Combat Ship Team which includes Lockheed Martin Canada, BAE Systems, CAE, MDA, L3 Technologies and Ultra Electronics.

On July 20, its was announced that the team has submitted its final proposal for the CSC project to prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax.

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.

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

The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program is the procurement project that will replace Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) 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 CSC project is the largest and most complex shipbuilding initiative in Canada since World War II.

The replacement vessels will be somewhat larger than the existing Halifax-class, and presumably provide a wide-area air defence capability, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability, as well as anti-surface warfare (ASuW) 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. The actual cost will be determined once the CSC Project Definition Phase is completed.

The three submitted proposals for the project are:

+ British Type 26 Global Combat Ship frigate design proposed by Lockheed Martin Canada and BAE Systems
+ Dutch De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate-based design proposed by Alion Canada and Damen Group
+ Spanish F-105 frigate design offered by Navantia

Canada’s Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has been selected as the prime contractor for both the project definition and implementation phases. Irving Shipbuilding, as the prime contractor, will issue a subcontract to the company selected.

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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