The Canadian government has awarded Raytheon Canada a CAD$704 million contract for the upkeep and upgrades of close-in weapon systems (CIWS) aboard Royal Canadian Navy ships.
The in-service support contract will be valid until late 2037, and comprises an initial 10-year service period with three options of five, three and two additional years, respectively.
It is expected to create over 450 skilled jobs across the country and will see Raytheon Canada Limited invest in Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises and research and development activities.
The rapid-fire, radar-guided gun systems provide defense against close-in threats such as missiles, small ships, and aircraft. These systems are currently in use on the navy’s Halifax-class frigates, and will also be installed on the Protecteur-class joint support ships following their construction.
“Today’s announcement is aligned with the goals we set out in Strong, Secure, Engaged – we are making strategic investments in the Royal Canadian Navy that will help protect our sailors as they conduct the full spectrum of operations in a modern security environment,” Canadian defense minister Harjit S. Sajjan commented.