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Lockheed Martin wins $14.5M sub support contract

Will support the submarine fire control system installed in four Victoria-class vessels.


HMCS Victoria returns home through the Straits of Juan De Fuca in 2015. Photo:  LS Zachariah Stopa, MARPAC

HMCS Victoria returns home through the Straits of Juan De Fuca in 2015. Photo: LS Zachariah Stopa, MARPAC

OTTAWA — Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $14.5 million contract by the federal government to support the submarine fire control system (SFCS) installed on the navy’s four Victoria-class submarines, and their land-based team trainers.

The contract covers service and field service support, obsolescence management and technical investigations as requested by the Department of National Defence.

The fire control system is described as “critical for the submarine weapon firing capability” as well as for providing a tactical picture of all acoustic and non-acoustic sensors. It rapidly synthesizes sensor data and classifies, identifies and neutralizes potential adversaries on the surface and under water.

Lockheed Martin will also incorporate modernized, layer-based displays, support of advanced sonar processing upgrades, remote control and image display of the search and attack periscopes, precision electronic navigation, and a deeper integration to electronic support measure systems.

Canada picked up the four diesel-electric submarines designed in the UK (late 1970s) in 1998. But since taking delivery, they have been plagued by problems.

In June, the HMS Windsor, the only functioning vessel of the four, was forced back to port with engine trouble. It was on its way to a NATO exercise in the North Sea.

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