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Q&A with Lockheed Martin Canada Regarding the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program
 
Signalling an exciting stage of maturity for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Project, Lockheed Martin Canada is announcing several important program milestones.
The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) is the Royal Canadian Navy procurement program that will replace the Iroquois class Destroyers and Halifax class Frigates with up to 15 new ships in about the mid-2020s as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Following the recent SNA 2016 show held in Washington D.C, Navy Recognition got in touch with Lockheed Martin Canada...
 
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Naval Defense Industry News - Canada
 
 
 
Q&A with Lockheed Martin Canada Regarding the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program
 
The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) is the Royal Canadian Navy procurement program that will replace the Iroquois class Destroyers and Halifax class Frigates with up to 15 new ships in about the mid-2020s as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Following the recent SNA 2016 show held in Washington D.C, Navy Recognition got in touch with Lockheed Martin Canada to learn more about the current program status and Lockheed Martin's proposal.
     
Signalling an exciting stage of maturity for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Project, Lockheed Martin Canada is announcing several important program milestones.
The CSC program aims at replacing the Iroquois class Destroyers and Halifax class Frigates (pictured) which were recently upgraded with Lockheed Martin Canada's Command Management System 330 (CMS 330). Picture: RCN
     
Navy Recognition (NR): Can you shed some light on the CSC program ? Will the future Royal Canadian Navy frigates be fitted with a Lockheed Martin combat system ?
Gary Fudge, Vice President, Canadian Naval Systems, Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC):
Lockheed Martin Canada has been Canada’s chosen Combat System Integrator for the past 30 years. All Lockheed Martin Canada’s Combat System programs in Canada were awarded through the Canadian government competitive process, competing in the open market. Our most recent Combat System program is the Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Project. On HCM, the Royal Canadian Navy is modernizing the Combat System capability on Canada’s existing fleet of frigates with Lockheed Martin Canada’s modern, open architecture Combat System. To date, the Royal Canadian Navy has successfully returned seven modernized frigates to operation on schedule.

The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project was always designed and advertised as a competition by the Canadian government. In June 2010, the Government of Canada announced the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Through this strategy, Canada will replace the current surface fleet, which are reaching the end of their operational lives. Public Services and Procurement Canada announced on November 18, 2015, the results of the pre-qualification process, the first step in the competitive procurement process to select a Combat Systems Integrator and a Warship Designer for CSC.

Lockheed Martin Canada pre-qualified for the short list under the CSI category. As Canada’s only domestic Combat System Integrator, Lockheed Martin Canada is the only company to have qualified based on a Canadian-built Combat System and integration solution.

The next step in the CSC procurement process calls for industry engagement sessions between Canada, Irving Shipbuilding (as the CSC Prime Contractor) and the pre-qualified firms to develop the Request for Proposals documents. The outcome of these competitive solicitations will be the selection of a Combat Systems Integrator and a Warship Designer who will become first-tier subcontractors to Irving Shipbuilding for the CSC Definition Contract, through which the CSC design will be developed to a production-ready state.
     
Signalling an exciting stage of maturity for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Project, Lockheed Martin Canada is announcing several important program milestones.
The CMS 330 has also been chosen in Canada for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship.
     
NR: Which combat system do you propose? AEGIS or COMBATS21, one derivative or something completely new? Is it platform agnostic?
LMC:
Lockheed Martin Canada is eager to compete for the role of Combat System Integrator for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new fleet of surface combatant vessels. Canada has yet to release the complete set of requirements, therefore it is not possible to fully determine our final solution at this stage. However, we anticipate that our solution will be based upon our existing Canadian solution - Lockheed Martin Canada’s Command Management System 330. CMS 330, a derivative of a Lockheed Martin Canada legacy product, was developed as a result of more than 30 years’ experience and knowledge of Canadian and NATO naval operations. CMS 330 is an open architecture design which is adaptable to a variety of subsystems and designs to reduce risk and ensure delivery of unique customer requirements. The system offers an extensive set of defence capabilities and features. The CMS 330 is successfully deployed in Canada on the Halifax Class frigates and has been chosen in Canada for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship and in New Zealand for the ANZAC Frigate upgrade.

NR: Lockheed Martin upgraded the combat systems aboard the Halifax class. Do you see that as an advantage for you for the CSC program?
LMC:

Building on our 30-year legacy as Canada’s naval combat systems integrator, we believe we have the right mix of capabilities to work closely with the Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding to design and integrate a combat system that will serve the Royal Canadian Navy’s future operational requirements. Our business has a large, established infrastructure already in place to deliver on the critical demands of highly complex procurements and program management. We look forward to providing a comprehensive proposal for Canada’s consideration, and will certainly highlight our Canadian capability and experience, like the HCM program. On HCM, our team facilitated a collaborative approach from the outset to reduce project risk and build effective partnerships with all stakeholders. The overall management and success of the program has proven to be an excellent partnership model for future shipbuilding projects, and has been recognized internationally. The experience gained from these programs has enabled our Canadian-based combat management solution, CMS 330, to win the highly competitive program to upgrade the New Zealand ANZAC Class Frigates. We have also leveraged this solution to support the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) as the Command and Surveillance Integrator. The skill and depth of our existing Canadian workforce continues to drive results for our customers and is an excellent example of how performance on Canadian defence contracts can lead to delivering high-value jobs and enduring economic value to Canada.
     
Signalling an exciting stage of maturity for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Project, Lockheed Martin Canada is announcing several important program milestones.
Halifax-class frigate operations room (CIC), prior modernization. Picture: Royal Canadian Navy
     
Public Services and Procurement Canada announced on November 18, 2015 the results of the pre-qualification process, the first step in the competitive procurement process to select a Combat Systems Integrator and a Warship Designer for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC).

For the Combat Systems Integrator, the pre-qualified firms are:
» Atlas Elektronik GmbH
» DCNS SA
» Lockheed Martin Canada
» Saab Australia Pty Ltd.
» Selex ES S.p.A.
» Thales Nederland B.V.
» ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH

For the Warship Designer, the pre-qualified firms are:
» Alion-JJMA Corp.
» BAE Systems Surface Ships Limited
» DCNS SA
» Fincantieri S.p.A. Naval Vessels Business Unit
» Navantia SA
» Odense Maritime Technology
» ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH

On 20 January 2015, it was announced that Irving Shipbuilding had been named the prime contractor for the program.