Canada pays $1,7B for a new integrated naval weapon systems
OTTAWA, (BM) – The Canadian government will pay $ 1.7 billion for four new integrated AEGIS naval weapons systems, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing information from the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
The United States has already approved the deal. Also, it includes the supply of software, radar kits, vertical missile launch systems, and equipment to identify a friend or adversary.
AEGIS is currently being developed by Lockheed Martin but was originally a product of RCA Corporation. AEGIS uses a combination of powerful computer and radar systems that track and direct weapons at enemy targets. This system is currently in service in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, and Spain.
The Royal Navy’s naval capacity expects to increase after integrating the system, affecting the increase in sea capacity of the North Atlantic Alliance [NATO].
According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. in addition to Lockheed Martin, several other American companies will participate in this order, producing and supplying various parts and components necessary for the system’s operation.
Canada is upgrading its naval capabilities
Despite its sizeable territorial size bordering mainly on water [excluding the United States – ed.], Canada is not at the forefront of naval combat capability. The country has a total of 64 naval units, mostly frigates, and submarines. The country’s defense budget is $ 23.4 billion.
However, in recent months, the country has decided to increase the combat capability of its fleet. Ottawa invests in sophisticated weapons systems as well as in mobility and military intelligence.
In February this year, we remind you that the Canadian government invested in vertical take-off drones for its coast guard. These are Martin UAV V-BAT.
These drones are surveillance, and in addition to observing the maple leaves, Martin UAV V-BAT will be able to track the actions of other drones. The vertical take-off of the drone allows it to be fired from a minimal position.
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