Halifax-Class Frigate HMCS Winnipeg Prepares for MLR
HMCS Winnipeg is preparing for a Mid-Life Refit (MLR). The ship will receive extensive work to improve capability against modern threats as it reaches its mid-life period.
The 12 Canadian-built HALIFAX class multi-role patrol frigates are considered the backbone of the Canadian Navy. They can deploy anywhere in the world – with NATO, US carrier battle groups or other allied nations.
Commissioned between 1992 and 1996, the class is currently undergoing a planned mid-life modernization, primarily for the combat systems. This modernization reflects an ongoing commitment to providing the Canadian Forces with the equipment needed to meet the rigorous demands of their tasks. The Canada First Defence Strategy has provided long-term and predictable funding to ensure these needs are met. the modernization will include a new command and control system, new radar capability, a new electronic warfare system and upgraded communications and missiles. Separate refit and stand-alone projects will include installation of new mechanical systems and modifications to accommodate the new Cyclone helicopters and a new military satellite communications system.
In March 2008, the government awarded two contracts for the on-going maintenance and repair of the frigates – $549 million to Halifax Shipyards of Nova Scotia and $351 million to Victoria Shipyards Company Limited of British Columbia.
In November 2008, after a competitive bidding process, Lockheed Martin Canada was awarded the combat systems integration contract. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin Canada must procure, install and integrate the modernized combat systems and provide the long-term in-service support of the command and control system.
HCM/FELEX began in 2005 and will see the first ship enter its mid-life refit in October 2010 with the final ship upgrade completed in 2017.
Source: dnd, September 22, 2011