Canadian surface combatant

Design of the future Canadian surface combatant will be based on BAE’s Type 26 warship


The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project, under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, will replace both the Iroquois-class destroyers and the Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates with a single class of ship capable of meeting multiple threats on both the open ocean and the highly complex coastal environment. The CSC project is the largest and most complex shipbuilding initiative in Canada since World War II.

The CSC ships will be able to conduct a broad range of tasks, in various scenarios, including:

The CSC project supports the Department of National Defence’s delivery of Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. It also delivers on other important National Shipbuilding Strategy priorities, such as providing social and economic benefits for Canada through its Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy.

Project at a glance

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Project status
Design phase
Number of vessels to be built
Project budget
$56 to $60 billion
Start of construction

Current status

The project is currently in the Definition (Design) phase. The design team from Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC), was competitively selected to provide the CSC design, which is based on BAE’s Type 26 frigate. The design team, along with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI), continues to develop the final design.

The year ahead

Progress of the project


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