VICTORIA—The Royal Canadian Navy is looking to upgrade the defensive capabilities of the ships by installing new Naval Remote Weapon Stations.
The federal government has awarded Raytheon Canada Ltd. a $36 million contract to build 58 defensive weapons systems to outfit the RCN’s Halifax-class frigates as well as the new Queenston-class joint supply ships.
“Canada needs a fleet that is both capable and flexible, one that will enable us to defend the country’s maritime interests here at home and around the world,” Mark Norman, a vice-admiral with the Royal Canadian Navy, said. “Part of that force capability includes the inherent need to protect our ships and sailors from the threats they may encounter in any operational setting.
“The acquisition of this remotely operated weapon system will enhance the Navy’s close-in force protection capability, while also providing enhanced personal protection to the crew operating these systems,” he added.
The weapon systems are designed to defend ships against both naval and aerial threats, including small boat and low-slow flyer threats in all weather conditions.
The contracts will help create 23 jobs within Canada; delivery is expected in Aug. of 2017.