VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Canadian government will ask for bids as early as next month for the largest shipbuilding program in the country’s history, with the field of contenders for a new fleet of surface combatants expected to be dominated by European firms.
The project to build the Canadian Surface Combatant will see the selection of an existing warship design and combat system to reduce risk and speed up construction.
Procurement minister Judy Foote said the decision to base the warships on an existing vessel will allow the delivery of the ships two years earlier than could be expected with a new design.
The first of the warships, which will form the backbone of the future Royal Canadian Navy fleet, are expected around 2024.
Construction is to begin sometime after 2020.
The Canadian government has already pre-qualified the following firms to compete for the warship design: Alion-JJMA Corp., BAE Systems Surface Ships Limited, DCNS, Fincantieri, Navantia, Odense Maritime Technology and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.
Full article: Canada’s Massive Surface-Combatant Program To Get Underway This Summer (DefenseNews)