Artist rendering of the definition design for Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships. (Royal Canadian Navy image)
L-3 Communication Systems-East has been selected by Lockheed Martin Canada to design interior and exterior communications subsystems for the Royal Canadian Navy's new Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). In turn, Lockheed Martin is a Tier 1 supplier to Irving Shipbuilding, which is the prime AOPS contractor.
The design work will be done at L-3 Communication Systems-East's facilities in Camden, N.J., and at various Canadian subcontractor sites, according to an L-3 announcement. Canada is building six to eight ice-capable AOPS.
“The interior and exterior communications subsystem is critical to the operation of AOPS, allowing seamless communications from the rugged environment of Canada’s far northern waters to the busy coastal regions,” said Peter Gartenburg, vice president of L-3 Canada Operations. “This is a wonderful addition to the numerous Canadian programs supported by L-3, which demonstrate our full range of logistics, services, manufacturing and technological expertise. We intend to engage more Canadian suppliers to support this important RCN program.”