The Canadian government confirmed last night that it has selected BAE to undertake construction for its new generation of warships.
Construction of the fleet of Type 26 Frigates will be undertaken by a consortium led by Lockheed Martin Canada and also including BAE, CAE, L3 Technologies MDA and Ultra Electronics. Construction is expected to begin in the early 2020s with the ships to be built at Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax in Nova Scotia.
The Canadian Government said in a statement that:
“These ships will form the backbone of our Royal Canadian Navy and will be Canada’s major surface component of maritime combat power for decades to come.”
BAE managed to beat rival bids from Alion Science and Technology, with its Dutch De Zeven Provincien Air Defence and Command frigate, and also a consortium led by Navantia, with its Spanish F-105 frigate.
The Type 26 Frigate, which weighs 6,900 tonnes, is equipped with an advanced sonar system that connects to the BAE Systems battle management system, which will be essential in anti-submarine warfare.
The Type 26 is proving to be a global success for the British multinational, with a variation being accepted to equip the Royal Australian Navy in a $20bn contract that was announced in June this year.