Canadian frigates getting remote weapon stations

Canada's Halifax-class frigates and future joint support ships are to be equipped with remote weapon stations.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Updated March 18, 2016 at 8:19 AM
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VICTORIA, British Columbia, March 16 (UPI) -- Raytheon Canada has won a $27 million contract to supply remote weapon stations for Halifax-class frigates and future Queenston-class Joint Support Ships.

As many as 58 remote weapon stations are covered under two contracts awarded Raytheon, with initial deliveries beginning in August, 2017, the government's Public Services and Procurement Canada said.

Included in the contracts are provisions for ongoing overhaul and maintenance of the equipment for an initial five years.

"Canada needs a fleet that is both capable and flexible, one that will enable us to defend the country's maritime interests here at home and around the world," said Vice-Adm. Mark Norman, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy. "Part of that force capability includes the inherent need to protect our ships and sailors from the threats they may encounter in any operational setting.

"The acquisition of this remotely operated weapon system will enhance the Navy's close-in force protection capability, while also providing enhanced personal protection to the crew operating these systems."

Weapon stations current used on Halifax-class frigates require gun operators to be on deck to fire their weapons. With the remote weapon stations, operators will now be able to remotely observe and locate targets in all weather conditions from a separate compartment on board the ship.

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