One month after it began delivery of its naval combat system to New Zealand’s latest fleet of warships, Lockheed Martin Canada has made the shortlist for a contract to provide ships to another foreign navy.
The company, which develops its combat management system (CMS 330) at its Kanata location, was one of 12 international firms first solicited by the Finnish Defense Forces Logistics Command to bid for the vessel replacement contract late last year. The selection process has since been reduced to three contenders, among them Lockheed Martin Canada.
The company will now compete with representatives from Germany and Sweden for a contract to provide combat systems for four ice-capable Squadron 2020 corvette ships, replacing sections of the Finnish Navy’s aging fleet, including missile boats and minelayers.
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If successful, the firm’s Kanata facility will adapt the CMS 330, a computer system designed to manage ships’ combat capabilities, for the corvettes. Work would also be done in Halifax and Montreal, with local suppliers in each city also contributing to the contract.
“This is a fantastic testament to our Canadian developed CMS 330 and integration capability – further validation of our world-leading offer in the international naval systems market,” said Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada RMS (Rotary and Missions Systems), in a statement. “This is also another exciting export opportunity, not only for us, but for our Canadian suppliers who will support our combat management system and integration delivery efforts, should we win.”
Preliminary invitations to tender for the naval vessels contract will begin in June, with winners chosen in 2018.