RCN Upgrades Missile Technology
The Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, announced the Government’s intent to upgrade the defence missile system onboard the RCN’s fleet of newly modernized Halifax-class frigates. The first step in the upgrade process is the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile Block 2.
The Evolved SeaSparrow Missile is at the core of the current Point-Defense Missile System onboard the HalifaxClass frigates, forming part of the comprehensive integrated combat system. Evolving complex threats and a commitment to ensure Canada’s men and women in uniform have the equipment they need to carry out their missions helped identify a missile upgrade as a future requirement for the frigates.
This arrangement is a commitment to develop the latest version of maritime Point-Defense Missile System with 11 partner nations, known as the NATO SeaSparrow Consortium. The other partner nations in this consortium are Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United States.
Participation in this consortium program strengthens Canada’s international relations with NATO, and allows for the sharing of the risks and costs associated with the development of the upgraded Block 2 missile.
The value of Canada’s contribution to participate in the development Memorandum of Understanding is approximately $200 million.
The Evolved SeaSparrow Missile is used to protect the Halifax-class frigates against anti-ship cruise missiles and aircraft. The new Evolved SeaSparrow Missile Block 2 will have increased capabilities that will improve accuracy and target recognition.
The requirements for the Canadian Surface Combatants are currently being defined, with the delivery of the successor to the Halifax-class frigates beginning in 2025. The decision to participate in the development of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile Block 2 will not prejudice the competition for the Canadian Surface Combatants’ combat weapon systems.