RCN Up­grades Mis­sile Tech­nol­ogy

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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.

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