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Irving Shipbuilding awards L3Harris latest Canadian Surface Combatant Contracts: Integrated Platform Management System and Control & Instrumentation system

The National Shipbuilding Strategy increases regional economic benefits and delivers over $314 million to Quebec’s industry. 

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has awarded L3Harris two contracts to supply and install the Integrated Platform Management System and Control & Instrumentation system for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), to be built for the Royal Canadian Navy.

As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Irving Shipbuilding is building 15 CSC ships, with construction of the Production Test Module commencing this summer. The CSC will replace the current Halifax-class frigates and will form the backbone of Canada’s naval combat capability – it is the largest and most complex shipbuilding project in Canadian history.

Under these new contracts, L3Harris will design and deliver the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), a sophisticated system for managing the ship’s propulsion, power generation and auxiliary. The IPMS is a powerful system that will enhance the performance, reliability and safety of the new combat ships and significantly enhance Canada’s defence industry performance.

“The integrated systems provided by L3Harris on the CSC are crucial for improving the safety and situational awareness of the CSC’s crew,” says Manuel Perez, Director Maritime International Business Development, L3Harris. “The system provides navy vessels with real-time monitoring and reliable and effective communication capabilities, which in turn enhances safety, operational efficiency and mission success.”

Irving Shipbuilder teammates with Manuel Perez (third from the left) and Patrick Garvis (fourth from the left)

The work under these contracts will take place at L3Harris’ Montreal facility and will provide skilled jobs to the region, such as systems engineers, project managers, technicians, quality assurance specialists, procurement and customer support specialists.

Driven by the NSS, this latest supply chain announcement contributes to over $314 million in total contracts and investments delivered to Quebec. It is one more testament to the impact of the NSS and how it is delivering regional economic benefits and fostering Canadian innovation right across the country.

“L3Harris has a long history of collaborating with Irving Shipbuilding to support the Royal Canadian Navy and serve Canada’s national security interests,” says Perez. “Dating back to the 1980s, L3Harris was the first to implement the concept of an IPMS on the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax Frigate Program. Since then, we have continued to expand the platform’s capability and now offer one of the most comprehensive and advanced Integrated Platform Management System available on the market today. We are proud to contribute to the CSC and help deliver the best capabilities and protection for the brave sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy.”

“While shipbuilding may have its roots in Canada’s Maritimes, it’s no longer solely an Atlantic Canada industry,” says Lee Fromson, Vice President, Supply Chain and Quality, Irving Shipbuilding. “In ten short years, the NSS has rebuilt Canada’s shipbuilding industry and created supply chains which span nation-wide. We are focused on working with our partners and suppliers to advance the CSC and support our sailors charged with maintaining our security at home and overseas.”


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