New Submarines for Canada?

By Dan Middlemiss, 9 April 2023

David Pugliese has revealed that the RCN is pushing for up to 12 new submarines for the Canadian Navy at an estimated cost of $60 billion.1 Apparently, the navy wants this acquisition to be considered as part of the ongoing Defence Policy Update.

The procurement time line could be more than 15 years, and perhaps even exceed 25 years, according to Pugliese’s sources.

Crucially, thus far there is no indication, should the acquisition be approved in principle by the government, that Ottawa might insist that the submarines be manufactured in Canada.

1. David Pugliese, “ Royal Canadian Navy pitches $60 billion submarine purchase, say defence and industry sources”, Ottawa Citizen (4 March 2023). Accessed at:


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