Canadian Surface Combatant

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Type 26 frigate

The Ongoing LM/BAE Type 26 CSC Frigate Saga

The awarding of a contract for a new fleet of Canadian warships moved one step closer to reality after the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) rejected a complaint from one of the company bidders, Alion. Alion had stated that the process was flawed, arguing that BAE’s Type 26 will not […]


Canada Selects LM/BAE Type 26 Frigate – Or Has It?

22 October 2018. Canada has announced that it has chosen the Lockheed Martin (LM) Type 26 warship design by British defence firm BAE to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates. A group of companies led by the multi-national defence giant Lockheed Martin has just been selected as the preferred designer […]


Australia Selects BAE’s Type 26: Implications for Canada

3 July 2018.  On 29 June 2018 the Australian government announced [] that it had selected a variant of BAE’s Type 26 frigate for the Royal Australian Navy. The 9-ship deal, when finalized, will cost approximately $35 billion ($ Australian) and could generate some 4,000 jobs for the country. Because […]


Canada Needs a More Transparent Weapons Costing Process

31 May 2018. Dr. Dan Middlemiss. Why do successive federal governments treat Canadians as pliant ignoramuses on matters of defence? Take for example, the budget estimates for the Canadian Surface Combatants. Ottawa will soon, we are told, be awarding a contract for up to 15 new warships, yet the entire […]


Bids for the Canadian Surface Combatant: Back to the drawing board?

20 April 2018. Trouble in paradise? The early assessments of the bids for the Canadian Surface Combatant project indicate that there are problems. The bids all failed to meet some of the government’s requirements, not necessarily major elements but nonetheless none exactly meet the requirements. Does this mean that the bidders […]


Australia’s Frigate Design Decision

Canada is currently going through the difficult process of deciding which of the bids for the Canadian Surface Combatant to accept. Canada is looking at three design proposals – Spain/Navantia proposed the F100 Christopher Columbus-class, the Netherlands proposed the De Zeven Provincien-class and the Lockheed-Martin (LM)/British Aerospace Electric (BAE) consortium […]


Look to Denmark for New Ships for Less Money

Over the past few years, Canadian Naval Review has published a number of articles about the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Of major interest to analysts (and taxpayers) is the cost of the new Canadian Surface Combatants. CNR has published suggestions that instead of inventing its own design, Canada should use a […]


Parliamentary Budget Report on CSC

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released a report on 1 June 2017 called “The Cost of Canada’s Surface Combatants.” The PBO report reviews the costs of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program to construct 15 ships to replace the capabilities of the Halifax-class frigates and Iroquois-class destroyers. It uses several […]