Halifax class modernisation complete
The final frigate of Canada’s Halifax Class Modernization project has been transferred back to the Department of National Defence, marking the end of the programme. Industry team member Lockheed Martin Canada announced the milestone on 29 November.
All twelve Halifax class multi-role patrol frigates have now completed the mid-life modernisation programme, which included the installation of a new command and control system, new radar capability, a new electronic warfare system and upgraded communications and missiles. The vessels have also undergone a mid-life refit to ensure that they continue to operate effectively as the backbone of the Canadian navy fleet.
More than 30 Canadian companies worked on the programme. Irving Shipbuilding Halifax Shipyards on the East coast and Seapsan’s Victoria Shipyards on the West coast conducted refit work on the fleet, and Lockheed Martin Canada conducted combat system integration work.
Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems, said: ‘Our Lockheed Martin Canada team is proud of our longstanding support to the Royal Canadian Navy for more than three decades on the most successful naval projects in Canada’s history - from the Canadian Patrol Frigate project of the mid-80s to the Halifax Class Modernization project of today.’
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