Canada’s Combat Ship Team submitted its final proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project to prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, the design is an adapted Type 26 Frigate.
The Type 26 is designed for anti-submarine warfare and and other missions. The vessel is meant to be stealthy for a surface ship, making it more effective at evading and combating enemy submarines.
The project leader will be Lockheed Martin Canada. Minor changes aside, the Canadian design is similar to the United Kingdom’s Type 26 and Australia’s SEA 5000 programs. In a press release, Lockheed said that the ship will be integrated into the Five Eyes Intelligence Community.
Five Eyes is a special intelligence sharing partnership between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Lockheed Martin and BAE are the primary contractors alongside Canadian companies CAE, MDA, L3 Technologies, and Ultra Electronics.
Following the news release, the team also published a list of reasons they believe the vessel is best for Canada. Those reasons are listed below.
Right Ship for Canada’s CSC Needs – Purposely designed for high-end anti-submarine warfare 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 modernisation, and, unlike other 10 to 15-year-old designs, minimises obsolescence risk as a “bow-to-stern” digitally designed warship.
Best Economic Outcomes for Canada – 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.
Lowest Risk Solution – 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 modernisation project and modernising 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.