Friday, June 14, 2024

Federal government invests $115 million into Royal Canadian Navy defence


To ensure the Royal Canadian Navy’s proficiency and ability to defend Canada’s waters, the federal government announced a pair of contracts relating to maritime equipment amounting to $115 million.

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan was in attendance at CFB Esquimalt on Friday to make the announcement.

“These investments in our Royal Canadian Navy will provide our women and men in uniform with what they need for successful missions, and deliver jobs, both here in British Columbia and across Canada for years to come,” Sajjan said.

“Our defence policy, ‘strong, secure, engaged,’ promised an agile, multi-purpose Navy and we are delivering on that promise with today’s $115 million investment.”

The first of the investments is a $94.2 million contract to Lockheed Martin Canada to overhaul the Reprogrammable Advance Multimode Shipboard Electronic Countermeasures System (RAMSES). RAMSES is an electronic attack system that protects Halifax-class frigates against radio frequency guided missiles.

The second is a $21.1 million contract to Rheinmetall Canada to procure and install a third launcher on the Halifax-class frigates, which will improve their MASS anti-ship missile firing system.

“Our government is committed to building a more agile, better-equipped military, while ensuring the best value for Canadians,” Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Disability, said.

“These systems will provide the frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy with the modern equipment they need to do their jobs safely and securely in various environment, at home or abroad.”

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Myles Sauer
Former staff editor and writer at Victoria Buzz.

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