Industry Briefing Questions Ottawa's Choice Of Guns, Defence Systems For New Frigates - Big Spending!
'Unsolicited' presentation claims the frigate's main guns are nearly obsolete
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December 23. 2019 - by Murray Brewster for cbc.ca
The Department of National Defence has faced some tough, pointed questions about whether it has chosen the right radar, main gun and close air defence systems for the navy's new frigates, which will soon hit the drawing board.
An unsolicited defence industry slide deck presentation, obtained by CBC News, questions each of those key components in the planned $60 billion modernization of the fleet.
It was circulated earlier this year and put in front of the senior federal officials in charge of the program.
The defence industry briefing presentation points out that the Lockheed Martin (Fliegerfaust: also the manufacturer of the F-35 the company is trying to make Canada order. The company seems to have some good control over what is going on in Ottawa?) -built AN/SPY-7 radar system — an updated, more sophisticated version of an existing U.S. military system — has not been installed and certified on any warship. A land-based version of the system is being produced and fielded for the Japanese government.
The briefing calls it "an unproven radar" system that will be "costly to support," and claims it comes at a total price tag of $1 billion for all of the new ships, which the undated presentation describes as "an unnecessary expenditure."
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