The Canadian Surface Combatant will be Canada's newest warship. PHOTO: Lockheed MartinClick image to enlargeMDA has been awarded an initial contract from Lockheed Martin to supply technology for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project.

MDA says the expected production value will be more than $60 million.

The contract will see MDA provide the Laser Warning and Countermeasure (LWCM) System that will protect the ships against laser and optical guided threats.

MDA says its Canadian-built solutions have the potential to unlock enormous economic benefits and return on investment, positioning MDA as a technology leader in the global naval market.

"MDA is excited to start work on the production of the electronic warfare suite for the Canadian Surface Combatant,” says Mike Greenley, MDA’s chief executive officer. “We value our role on the Irving Shipbuilding and the Lockheed Martin Canada-led team that will deliver this capability to the Royal Canadian Navy and look forward to continuing to advance the program moving forward as part of our Geointelligence business area."

This long-term project will employ highly-skilled engineers and technical staff in five of MDA's sites across Canada, including Richmond, B.C., Brampton, Ont., Kanata Ont., Montreal and Dartmouth, N.S.

MDA is currently under contract to Lockheed Martin Canada as the Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite systems integrator for the CSC. In this role, MDA will be responsible for the overall integration of the EW sensor suite.

The CSC will be an advanced, multi-mission combat ship, equipped with next generation technology.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. will build 15 new CSC ships at its Halifax Shipyard as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has engaged Lockheed Martin Canada to lead the design team, a powerhouse consortium of companies that includes MDA, CAE, L3 Harris, Ultra, BAE and many other suppliers that will design the ship and integrate the CSC's combat management system, right here in Canada.

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