Lockheed Martin Canada to develop Ottawa-built systems for Chilean Navy

Chile’s new ships will feature combat management system developed in Lockheed’s Kanata facility
A worker inside Lockheed Martin's Kanata facility, seen in 2016. (Photo by Mark Holleron)
A worker inside Lockheed Martin's Kanata facility, seen in 2016. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

More defence work is coming to the nation’s capital after Lockheed Martin Canada secured a contract to replace the combat management systems for three of the Chilean Navy’s frigates.

The new CMS for Chile’s Type 23 frigates will be developed in Lockheed Martin’s Kanata facility, the same location where work takes place on the Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class ships and New Zealand frigates. Exact dollar figures of the deal were not disclosed, but a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin tells OBJ that the size is comparable to the $180-million contract with the New Zealand navy.

Last month, the Lockheed Martin Canada also announced it had been named one of three international firms shortlisted for a battleships contract with the Finnish Navy.

CMS 330, the firm’s flagship product, acts as a coordinator for sensors and weapons equipment in ships. It is also being adapted for surveillance uses in Canada’s Arctic/offshore patrol ships.

Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice-president for Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems, said in a statement that the Chilean contract reflects another significant international sale for the made-in-Canada product.

“I am proud to say that our CMS 330 was developed in Canada by Canadians as a result of our 30-plus years of direct experience and knowledge of Canadian and NATO naval operations."