Ultra say they are delighted to announce a contract award to commence work on the S2150-C Hull-Mounted Sonar (HMS) system for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme.
The Canadian Surface Combatant is a variant of the Type 26 Frigate.
The firm add that this award comes soon after Ultra’s recent award of a contract to provide the CSC Variable Depth Sonar, something we covered here.
These subcontracts move the development of CSC’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability from the programme definition phase into the substantive manufacture and delivery of the vessels’ suite of sonars.
“The Ultra HMS selected for CSC is part of the world’s most advanced HMS product family, with a level of operational performance that meets stringent Canadian technical requirements. Additionally, its innovative design provides significant ship design advantages as well as logistical benefits and cost-savings in the maintenance and upgrade of the system through its operational life.
The S2150-C HMS system is a prime example of the inward technology transfer and sovereign capability that the CSC program is building for Canada. The system was originally designed for the UK Type 26 platform, meaning it is optimized for the vessel design that has been selected for the CSC program.”
The firm also say that this technology will now be transferred to Canada, with Canadian workers and Canadian suppliers being skilled up to provide significant material elements of the system, as well as to conduct design customization, system integration, installation, acceptance and in-country support.
Furthermore, due to the same HMS system family being present on the UK programme as well as the Australian Hunter Class frigate program, the firm say that Canadian suppliers will have the opportunity to be considered as suppliers to these programmes, thus lifting the export potential Canadian industry as a result of CSC.
Isabel Tassé, Ultra’s Senior Program Manager for CSC, was quoted as saying:
“I am very proud to be leading Ultra’s team in the delivery of the CSC sonar suite. We are providing the Royal Canadian Navy with a world-leading capability in anti-submarine warfare, and at the same time bringing technologies, jobs, innovation and investment into Canada. Alongside our partners on the CSC program – most notably Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and Lockheed Martin – we are laying the foundation for a sustained sovereign naval capability for the nation.”