RCN warships set for weapons system upgrade

Navy News / February 6, 2018

By Peter Mallett

With a Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWS) simulator towering behind him, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced a major defence spending contract at Naval Fleet School (Pacific) in Esquimalt, B.C., on January 26, 2018.

The $704 million defence contract is being awarded to Raytheon Canada Limited and will focus on the improvement of radar systems for the CIWS. The rapid-fire, radar-guided gun systems are designed to deter threats from missiles, small ships and aircraft.

“We are making strategic investments in the Royal Canadian Navy that will help protect our sailors as they conduct the full spectrum of operations in a modern security environment,” said Minister Sajjan.

The CIWS is already in use by the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates and will also be installed on the new Joint Support Ships following their construction.

Commodore Jeff Zwick, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, says the CIWS is affectionately known to sailors on RCN frigates as “R2D2”, and has already proven itself reliable as the last line of defence for warships from external threats.

“CIWS is extremely important when we talk about the essential tools that our sailors need to make a Canadian warship effective,” said Cmdre Zwick. “The improvements to CIWS ensure that the navy is prepared for the uncertainty that our sailors may face in the future.”

Courtesy of Lookout Newspaper