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Ot­tawa says it will spend $21.7 mil­lion to buy ad­di­tional an­ten­nas for the radar sys­tems used aboard the Royal Cana­dian Navy’s frigates. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment says the pro­cure­ment con­tract has been awarded to Saab Mi­crowave Canada for 12 ad­di­tional an­tenna sets, bring­ing the to­tal in­vest­ment to $97.5 mil­lion. The frigates rely on the equip­ment for long-dis­tance de­tec­tion, and the new gear is ex­pected to in­crease the de­tec­tion abil­ity of the radar by up to 180 kilo­me­tres. HMCS St. John’s is ex­pected to be the first war­ship to get new an­ten­nas, with de­liv­ery ex­pected in early 2021. Un­der the con­tract, Saab is also re­quired to make in­vest­ments in the Cana­dian econ­omy equal to the value of the con­tract.

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