Advocacy / Member News
December 11, 2023

LMC Selects OSI to Design the Integrated Bridge and Navigation System for the RCN CSC

First stage of a multiphase contract to build and deliver 3 IBNSs for CSC

• Another win for OSI and the National Shipbuilding Strategy

• Selected to design the Integrated Navigation Bridge System for the Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC)

• CSC is part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy which includes the Resolve-class AOR and AOPS

• NSS and the use of Canadian systems on RCN vessels have contributed to international awareness of Canadian technology and subsequent sales and marketing opportunities

November 27, 2023 — Burnaby, BC — OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced the signing of a contract with Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC) to design the Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems (IBNS) for the first three Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) based on the BAE T26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) design.

This is the first stage of a multiphase contract. The contract is part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), which includes building a total of 15 new CSCs at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard. The new CSCs will be advanced multimission combat ships equipped with next-generation technology to support and protect RCN crews as they fulfill a wide range of international missions, from humanitarian assistance to high-intensity conflicts, for the next 40+ years. The first tranche will be a build of three new CSCs.

In addition to CSC, OSI provided the INBS for Resolve-class Auxilary Oiler Replenishment Vessel, the six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships, and the Joint Support Ships.

NSS is a Government of Canada’s long-term strategy that, in addition to renewing the federal fleet, is reinvigorating the shipbuilding sector, an industry sector vital to Canadian sovereignty and the Canadian economy.

“OSI has been part of the Canadian defence industry for over 20 years,” stated Ken Kirkpatrick, President and CEO. “The growth and progressive change NSS has brought to the industry is unprecedented, and OSI is clearly a beneficiary; our staff base has grown 600% since the start of our involvement in the NSS program in 2013.”

As a global leader of IBNS, OSI delivers tactical navigation systems to over 25 Allied and NATO navies. All OSI systems are designed and delivered from its Burnaby, BC, Canada facility. The NSS offers a unique opportunity for the Canadian industry to bring technological advancements while providing the RCN with leading-edge capabilities that meet increasing mission requirements.

The opportunity to showcase Canadian technology to an international audience while operating on Canadian naval vessels is of equal importance.

“When the RCN hosts foreign navies, they can witness Canadian technological capabilities firsthand and recognize its value,” stated Jim Davison, VP, Business Development. “It is the home country commitment that creates valuable credibility, awareness, and global export opportunities that benefit OSI and other Canadian companies when we market and sell our solutions worldwide. Establishing a footprint on the T26 GCS design was an important win for OSI and helps position the Company for other T26 GCS opportunities elsewhere."


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