Lockheed Martin Canada selected as preferred bidder for CSC program

The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have identified
Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. as the preferred bidder to provide the
design and design team for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian
Surface Combatants.

As part of the Canada’s Combat Ship Team industrial consortium including
BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra
Electronics, Lockheed Martin Canada as team leader has offered the Type
26 Global Combat Ship (GCS), with high-tech platform innovations from
prominent Canadian companies. The solution includes the internationally
renowned Canadian-developed combat management system, CMS 330.

According to Canadian Public Services and Procurement body, while this
represents a significant milestone in the competitive process, more work
is required before a contract is awarded.

Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. must now go through the “due diligence
process,” which includes: negotiations with the company on intellectual
property rights; an assessment of combat systems performance; an
assessment of the company’s financial capability to deliver the project,
together with the verification of various other administrative matters.

Should the preferred bidder not successfully demonstrate to Canada and
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. that it meets all of the due diligence
requirements, according to the Canadian Public Services and Procurement,
then the next highest ranked compliant bidder will become the preferred
bidder. The new preferred bidder will then have to successfully
demonstrate that it meets all of the due diligence requirements.

The identification of the preferred bidder follows a rigorous bid
evaluation process which is overseeing by the independent Fairness
Monitor body. A contract award is expected this winter, with
construction beginning in the early 2020s.

The Canadian Surface Combatant project is the largest, most complex
procurement ever undertaken by the Government of Canada. These ships
will form the backbone of our Royal Canadian Navy and will be Canada’s
major surface component of maritime combat power for decades to come.