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Ottawa defence firm wins $12M contract for Royal Navy combat ship program

WR Davis Engineering to build funnel and exhaust system components for U.K. anti-submarine ship



Vice-president Tom Davis at WR Davis' Ottawa facility with BAE's Ric Elkington. PHOTO: BAE

Vice-president Tom Davis at WR Davis Engineering Ltd.’s Ottawa facility with BAE’s Ric Elkington. The company has signed a new agreement to take part in a U.K. shipbuilding program. PHOTO: BAE

OTTAWA—Canadian defence technology firm, WR Davis Engineering Ltd., has won a $12 million contract to build components for a U.K. Royal Navy anti-submarine ship.

Awarded the work through lead contractor, BAE Systems plc, the Ottawa-based firm will manufacture elements of the ship’s funnel and exhaust system for the Royal Navy’s first three Type-26 Global Combat Ships.

“We are delighted to participate in the prestigious UK Royal Navy Type 26 Global Combat Ship program for the supply of the complete Downtake, Uptake, and Infra-Red Suppression systems for the propulsion and ship service engines,” Tom Davis, vice-president of the Ottawa-based firm, said. “This builds on our previous experience of supplying similar systems for the UK Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers and reinforces our position as a world leader in the design and supply of engine Downtakes and Uptakes, for naval warships.”

Part of an $886 million program appropriated through the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence, BAE said the WR Davis contract could be the first of several awarded to Canadian companies competing for a stake in the project.

The Type-26 ship program aims to replace the royal Navy’s Type-23 frigates; they are scheduled to enter service in the early 2020s.

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