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MDA Chosen for Design Phase of Canadian Surface Combatant Program

By | February 8, 2019
An artist’s rendering of one of the warships proposed by a consortium led by Lockheed Martin CanaLockheed Martin Canada

An artist’s rendering of one of the warships proposed by the consortium, which includes Lockheed Martin Canada and MDA. Photo: Lockheed Martin Canada

MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, revealed that Canada’s Combat Ship Team was selected by Irving Shipbuilding for the design contract for Canada’s Surface Combatant (CSC) ships. Irving Shipbuilding is the Canadian Surface Combatant prime contractor and will build all 15 ships at Halifax Shipyard. As a member of the design team, MDA’s primary role will be to design the electronic warfare suite system for the CSC program.

The CSC is a globally deployable, multi-role warship designed to meet the mission requirements of the Royal Canadian Navy. MDA is partnered with other companies including BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, and Ultra Electronics as Canada’s Combat Ship Team. The most recent Canadian Defence Policy stated that 15 of these ships will be built in Canada over the next 25 years and will serve the Royal Canadian Navy for decades to come.

“MDA is proud to play such a critical role in supplying systems and subsystems for the Canadian Surface Combatant program,” said MDA Group President Mike Greenley. “Our low-risk, lower life-cycle cost CSC solutions are based on proven technologies and will enable Canadian security and peacekeeping operations around the world by providing advanced intelligence and protection for our brave sailors. These Canadian-built solutions further unlock enormous economic benefits and return on investment to the nation, particularly in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, as we seek to export these technologies globally in the years ahead secure our position as a global technology leader.”