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General Dynamics, Raytheon, UMES Team to Pursue Canadian Submarine Tech Program; David Ibbetson Comments

partnershipGeneral Dynamics Canada, Raytheon Canada and Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems have formed a partnership to deliver anti-submarine warfare technologies to the Canadian navy’s Halifax Class Patrol Frigates.

The General Dynamics-led team will offer sonar and ship systems technologies to Canada and the country’s navy expects to release a request for proposals in 2015 for the Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade project, the company said Thursday.

“In moving forward with our team members Ultra and Raytheon, we look forward to working with the Royal Canadian Navy to enhance their operational capability, ” said David Ibbetson, vice president of General Dynamics C4 Systems International.

Ultra Electronics will offer to supply a towed sonar system for submarine detection,  Raytheon will seek to upgrade the frigates’ hull-mounted sonar and General Dynamics will work to replace the sonobuoy system and integrate all technologies.

The team said it aims to bring jobs to Canada and bolster the country’s intellectual property and position in the aerospace and defense industry.

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