8 February 2019

BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship has been chosen as the design for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), with the contract awarded today to Lockheed Martin Canada by Irving Shipbuilding.

Irving Shipbuilding is the Canadian Surface Combatant Prime Contractor to the Canadian Government for the build of all 15 ships at its Halifax Shipyard.

BAE Systems, CAE, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics have partnered with Lockheed Martin Canada in a successful offering to the Royal Canadian Navy of one of the most advanced and modern anti-submarine warships in the world. The design is based upon the Type 26 Global Combat Ship with GLASGOW, first in class, currently in build for the Royal Navy at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Glasgow, and will be equipped with high-tech platform innovations from prominent Canadian companies.

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin Canada for the design of the Type 26 variant for the Canadian Surface Combatant.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Group Managing Director, BAE Systems Maritime and Land UK, said: “The selection of the Type 26 design for the Canadian Surface Combatant reinforces its position as one of the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warships and showcases the strength of British innovation on the global stage.

“This is great news for the company, the sector and our Naval Ships business and continues to build on our recent success in Australia for the Hunter Class Frigate programme. It provides solid foundations within the export market and demonstrates the excellent design of the Global Combat Ship.”

The programme will benefit from advanced digital design techniques and builds on the Royal Navy’s formidable pedigree in anti-submarine warfare and extensive operational experience.

The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a globally deployable multi-role warship that meets the distinctive mission requirements of the Royal Canadian Navy. Purposely designed to support anti-submarine warfare, air defence and general purpose operations anywhere on the world’s oceans, the ship will be acoustically quiet, versatile and highly survivable.

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, said: “It is fantastic that the Canadian Government has selected Lockheed Martin Canada, using BAE Systems’ innovative Type 26 Global Combat Ship design. I am aware that this has been a very competitive process, and this outcome is testament to the importance of the deep UK-Canada defence and security relationship. The announcement will bring further prosperity to both nations and is another demonstration of the success of BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship design, after it was recently chosen as the winning design for a contract with the Royal Australian Navy.”

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “Canada’s selection of our cutting-edge Type 26 Global Combat Ship design for their future frigate programme shows that Britain remains a world leader in maritime design and technology. As a valued NATO and Five Eyes partner, Canada’s decision demonstrates our close and historic relationship, and this news will ensure our defence partnership continues to thrive for generations to come.”