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Replace Existing Systems with Newer or Different System


To replace the existing major warships of the Royal Canadian Navy through the procurement of new ships in two variants; the Area Air Defence and Task Group Command and Control variant and a General Purpose variant. These ships will optimize commonality of systems and design and will be built in Canada. These variants could be fitted with different weapons, communications, surveillance and other systems so as to ensure that the military can continue to monitor and defend Canadian waters and make significant contributions to international naval operations.


The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) will be capable of defending Canadian interests in national and international waters. To do this, the ship must have the ability to transit and operate in traditional blue water (open oceans) environments while remaining versatile enough to support operations in and around the increasingly important, complex and challenging littoral environment which has grown in importance since the end of the Cold War. To this end, not only will the CSC be fitted with the capabilities necessary to see it capable of fulfilling the same missions and roles as the Iroquois and Halifax-class ships that CSC will replace, but also additional capabilities required to safely and effectively support operations ashore from the littorals. Two variants of the CSC will deliver the Area Air Defence / Task Group Command and General Purpose capability sets of the two classes of ship that the CSC will replace. Both variants will be capable of housing and operating the CH 148 Cyclone Maritime Helicopters as well as a wide variety of small boats and unmanned vehicles (air, surface and underwater). The CSC will permit interoperability with allies in international operations and with Canadian Other Government Departments in continental and domestic defence and marine security operations across the spectrum of conflict.

Preliminary Estimate

  • More than $1.5 billion

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2021 Implementation Approval
  • 2016 Request for Proposal Release
  • 2021 Contract Award
  • 2036+ Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director of Naval Requirements
Phone: 819-939-3950

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