What benefits will Canada get from the new Canadian Surface Combatant?
- First and foremost, the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy will get an advanced and modern combat ship, equipped with next generation technology to capably support and protect them as they fulfill their wide range of missions around the world, from humanitarian assistance to high-intensity conflicts, for the next 40+ years.
- Canada also gets jobs. Collectively, our team employs more than 10,000 Canadians in over 45 facilities across the country with an established presence on both coasts, and our collective Canadian supply chain consists of approximately 4000 contracts Canada-wide.
- Canadian industry builds expertise and gets follow-on work. The Type 26 Global Combat Ship’s modular design and open architecture provide significant Canadian content on the program and allows Canadian industry to play a leading role in through-life support and upgrade, delivering long term economic benefit to Canada.
- Canada keeps at the forefront. Our companies have a track record of investing here in R&D (including clean tech, cyber, advanced marine manufacturing) and keeping IP in Canada. In fact, Research Infosource in November 2017 came out with its list of the top 100 R&D spenders in Canada that included 4 of our design team members (CAE, MDA, L3 Technologies, and Lockheed Martin Canada).
- Canada gets export opportunities. As a result of our successful made-in-Canada technology, the world is turning to our Canadian companies for solutions. In fact, New Zealand became the first foreign navy to send its ships to a Canadian shipyard for modernization, with the installation of Lockheed Martin Canada’s CMS 330 built in Canada and proven on the Halifax-class frigates. Chile has also selected LMC to modernize its fleet of three Type 23 frigates. These projects and others have provided export opportunities for many Canadian defence and technology companies. Canadian companies from the Team’s supply chain such as WR Davis Engineering in Ottawa, L3Harris in Montreal, and Rolls-Royce in Peterborough have already begun work on delivering high-technology systems for the UK’s Type 26.
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