CSC: New Graphics? More Questions

By David Dunlop, 21 February 2024

Provided by David Dunlop

Here is a new twist with regard to the CSC Frigate Design Phase for the forum to ponder. I’ve seen new photos depicting the CSC. The photos were posted on DefenceHub.com by Ted Barnes, one of our forum contributors (https://defencehub.live/threads/canada-surface-combatant-csc-program.1650/page-6#post-315664). There is also a photo by ISI in the latest addition of Canadian Defence Review (CDR), VOL 30, Issue 1, in what appears to be an ad for ISI on p. 43 (http://www.canadiandefencereview.com/issues). Note the absence of X-Band illumination Radar. Where did these new graphics come from? First time seen. These pics also appear on recent ISI brochures as well. Are these new official government CSC Frigate photos or are these just AI graphics from ISI for effect? Is Macdonald Dettwiler Associates (MDA) no longer involved with the Illumination Radar system fit for the CSC Frigate or will there not be an AESA Illumination Radar fitted? If not, why not? Has the RCN decided to go ‘off-shore’ for this radar? Perhaps the French AESA Sea Fire 500 Illumination Radar system)? So many questions with no answers as yet!

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