The Type 26 Global Combat Ship has been officially chosen as the design for the Canadian Surface Combatant despite a legal challenge from a rival bidder, with the contract having now been awarded.
Irving Shipbuilding is the Canadian Surface Combatant Prime Contractor to the Canadian Government for the build of all 15 ships at its Halifax Shipyard.
This comes after Alion Canada, the company that pitched the Dutch-designed De Zeven Provincien class frigate for the competition, had asked for a judicial review of the tendering process that saw the Type 26 Frigate win the Canadian frigate competition, according to local media.
According to local media, the defence firm asked the court to set aside an October decision to select Lockheed Martin Canada the preferred bidder and to prevent the Canadian government from entering into negotiations with the company, which has offered up the BAE Systems designed Type 26 frigate.
Alion argued that the winning bid was “incapable of meeting three critical mandatory requirements” of the design tender. Specifically, they say the Type 26 cannot meet the mandatory speed requirements set out by the Royal Canadian Navy.
The challenge by Alion was rejected at the end of last month. An official statement read:
“The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has determined that Alion Science and Technology Canada Corporation and Alion Science and Technology Corporation did not have standing to file a complaint before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.”
BAE Systems, CAE, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics have partnered with Lockheed Martin Canada in a successful offering to the Royal Canadian Navy of one of the most advanced and modern anti-submarine warships in the world.
The design is based upon the Type 26 Global Combat Ship with GLASGOW, first in class, currently in build for the Royal Navy at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Glasgow.
Andrew Wolstenholme, Group Managing Director, BAE Systems Maritime and Land UK, said:
“The selection of the Type 26 design for the Canadian Surface Combatant reinforces its position as one of the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warships and showcases the strength of British innovation on the global stage.
This is great news for the company, the sector and our Naval Ships business and continues to build on our recent success in Australia for the Hunter Class Frigate programme. It provides solid foundations within the export market and demonstrates the excellent design of the Global Combat Ship.”
BAE say that the Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a globally deployable multi-role warship that meets the distinctive mission requirements of the Royal Canadian Navy.
International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, said:
“It is fantastic that the Canadian Government has selected Lockheed Martin Canada, using BAE Systems’ innovative Type 26 Global Combat Ship design. I am aware that this has been a very competitive process, and this outcome is testament to the importance of the deep UK-Canada defence and security relationship.
The announcement will bring further prosperity to both nations and is another demonstration of the success of BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship design, after it was recently chosen as the winning design for a contract with the Royal Australian Navy.”
Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said:
“Canada’s selection of our cutting-edge Type 26 Global Combat Ship design for their future frigate programme shows that Britain remains a world leader in maritime design and technology.
As a valued NATO and Five Eyes partner, Canada’s decision demonstrates our close and historic relationship, and this news will ensure our defence partnership continues to thrive for generations to come.”