Lockheed Martin Canada MST Celebrates the Modernization of the First Four Halifax-Class Frigates

HALIFAX, NS November 24, 2014 – Today, Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems and Training (LM Canada MST) joined the Government of Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in celebrating the successful modernization of the first four Halifax-Class frigates. The Halifax-class modernization/frigate equipment life extension (HCM/FELEX) is a $4.3 billion program to upgrade and enhance the existing fleet of 12 ships.

The HCM Combat Systems Integrator modernization program was awarded, in late 2008, to LM Canada MST for the mid-life upgrade of radars, major critical sensors, command and control systems, operations room, and a suite of simulation/training systems. The work scope also included redesign of ship compartments and all shipyard work to refit the ship platform.

The first four frigates modernized as part of the program are HMCS Halifax, Fredericton, Calgary, and Winnipeg. These ships have been through a rigorous at-sea test program which included Harbour Acceptance Trials and Sea Acceptance Trials. The trials were preceded by an intensive test regime at LM Canada’s Land Based Test Facility where thousands of warfare scenarios were tested. HMCS Fredericton is currently preparing to deploy as the first modernized frigate at high readiness in early 2015.

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, said, “We couldn’t have done this without our tremendous partnership with the Canadian ship-building industry. Lockheed Martin Canada has taken care of all the integration software and combat management systems – a truly critical aspect of the modernization process.”

LM Canada MST is proud of its role as the combat systems integrator. Rosemary Chapdelaine, leading the operations of LM Canada MST said, “I extend my congratulations to every person on the HCM team for delivering this modern, world class combat management system back into the hands of the Royal Canadian Navy. We, your industry team, want to ensure you are equipped with the very best products to accomplish your mission, keep you safe and bring you back home.”

As the RCN continues to execute its most extensive peacetime modernization in history, the 12 Canadian-built multi-role patrol frigates will form the backbone of the fleet. HCM/FELEX began with an experienced LM Canada naval systems engineering team as a foundation. That foundation was enhanced by leveraging the great talent cultivated in Canadian universities and technical schools.

The impressive capability built in Canada provides an exciting entry into the world market. The recent contract award for the New Zealand Frigate System Upgrade, which will bring hundreds of jobs into Canada, is directly attributable to the expertise and record of success LM Canada MST has established with HCM.

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