The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) is the future of naval power for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The British Type 26 design as selected over the Spanish F-105 and Dutch De Zeven Provincien offerings with defense powerhouses BAe Systems and Lockheed Martin (Canada) headlining the British proposal. The warship class is set to number fifteen total hulls in RCN service with construction set to take place from 2025 until 2030 / 2040 with Irving Shipbuilding, Incorporated leading the work.
The CSC succeeds the Halifax-class frigates and Iroquois-class destroyers (only the Halifax-class remains in service as of this writing). Both were built during the Cold War period, the Halifax-class following at the tail-end of tensions with the Soviet Union.
Beyond Lockheed and BAe's involvement, the CSC project involves proven industry players such as L3Harris, MDA, CAE, and Ultra.
The new ships are expected to carry all of the advanced processing systems, sensors, and weaponry common to modern guided-missile frigates in the West. A multi-mission mindset is inherent in these designs, allowing the vessel to participate in Blue Water operations individually or as part of a networked fighting force.
The warship carries a conventional design appearance with limited protrusions as stealth and a low-profile are the call of the day. The forecastle seats a single turreted deck gun with a dual-purpose functionality (ship-to-ship and land-attack capability). The forward hull superstructure is stepped to seat the Vertical Launch System (VLS) supporting Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) for airspace denial / deterrence. The bridge section is integrated to the hull superstructure which also supports the enclosed main mast complete with communication and sensor arrays. The smoke funnels are enclosed and of a low-profile design over midships. The aft superstructure section is integrated to the main portion and houses a full-service hangar which leads out to the stern-based helipad. The onboard helicopter(s) will provide critical over-the-horizon support. The crew will number about 208-210 personnel.
Dimensions of the ship includes a length of 496.8 feet, a beam of 68 feet, and a draught of 26.2 feet. Displacement is 8,080 tons under standard load.
Internally, the propulsion scheme will feature a COmbined Diesel-eLectric-Or-Gas (CODLOG) arrangement involving 2 x General electric motors, 4 x Rolls-Royce MTU Type 20V 4000 M53B high-speed diesel generators, and 1 x Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine managed by the L3Harris Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for maximized fuel-versus-power economy. Under ideal conditions, this will push the hull to speeds of 27 knots out to a range of 7,000 nautical miles (8,100 miles).
Installed systems will run the gamut of offensive and defensive solutions including the Lockheed Martin AEGIS fire control system. Lockheed will also supply the AN/SPY-7(V)3 series Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Both a hull-mounted and towed sonar system will be standard for submarine-hunting. Countermeasures will be carried for torpedoes and inbound missiles.
The armament suite will be comprised of 2 x 4-cell missile launchers for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) of Norway. There will also be 2 x 3-cell launchers for the "Sea Ceptor" missile, and a single 24-cell Mk 41 VLS supporting RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), RIM-66 SM-2 SAM, and BGM-109 "Tomahawk" land-attack cruise missile. Torpedo armament will be had through 2 x 324mm twin-tubed launchers housing the Mk 54 MAKO torpedo series. More conventional armament is the 127mm /64 LW "Vulcano" turreted deck gun over the forecastle, 2 x 30mm OTO Marlin-WS automatic cannons, and up to 6 x 12.7mm M2 air-cooled Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs). All this will make for one very powerful warship.
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Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.
Main armament is housed in primary turret(s) arrangement offering enhanced protection.
Onboard systems alert and protect the vessel from airborne, low-flying airborne threats through ballistic and / or missile weaponry.
The vessel supports the launching of missiles against airborne, waterborne, or land-based targets at range; typical of modern designs.
Ability to launch torpedoes against ocean-going targets.
496.8 feet (151.42 meters) Length
68.0 feet (20.73 meters) Beam
26.2 feet (7.99 meters) Draught
8,080 tons Displacement
CODLOG (COmbined Diesel-eLectric-Or-Gas): 2 x General Electric electric motors; 1 x Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine; 4 x Rolls-Royce MTU Type 20V 4000 M53B high-speed diesel generators; 2 x Shafts astern. Propulsion
1 x 127mm (5") /64 OTO LW "Vulcano" turreted deck gun.
2 x 4-cell launchers for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM).
2 x 3-cell ExLS launchers for Sea Ceptor missiles.
1 x 24-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS).
2 x 324mm Twin-torpedo tube launchers.
2 x 30mm OTO Marlin-WS automatic cannons.
6 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).
1 x Sikorsky CH-148 "Cyclone" navy helicopter supported from the aft-flight deck / hangar section.
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