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Change of design for next-gen CSC is ‘not an option’, says Canadian Department for National Defence

25th February 2021 - 10:45 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

A report into the flagship Canadian naval programme has estimated that costs for the build of 15 UK-designed frigates could breach C$80 billion.

The Canadian Department for National Defence (DND) is sticking to its guns in the planned build of 15 new frigates for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), just hours after a report issued by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) estimated the cost of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme had risen by C$7.5 billion ($5.99 billion) from its previous 2019 estimates.

The PBO report, published on 24 February, stated that the increase in estimated costs of the programme are due to a review of vessel specifications and the timing of production. 

It added that construction of the frigates, which are heavily

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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