Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

June 19, 2009 12:21 ET

Government Awards Contract to Canadian Firm to Overhaul and Upgrade the Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced that the Government of Canada awarded a contract to Raytheon Canada Limited of Calgary, Alberta, to overhaul, repair and upgrade the Canadian Navy's Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS).

The Close-In Weapon System is a rapid-fire computer-controlled radar and gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defence systems, and is installed on the Canadian Navy's patrol frigate, tribal class and supply ships.

"This government continues to deliver leading-edge technology to the Canadian Forces and concrete results for our economy," said Minister Paradis. "This eight-year contract valued at $180 million will contribute significantly to the local economy while ensuring that the men and women of our Canadian Forces have the best equipment available to do their jobs."

"The government remains committed, as stated in the Canada First Defence Strategy, to providing the Canadian Forces with the equipment they need to do the jobs we ask of them," said Minister MacKay. "This contract for the Close-In Weapon System is evidence of this commitment."

The Industrial and Regional Benefit (IRB) Policy applies to this procurement. It requires that Raytheon Canada Limited undertake high quality and advanced-technology business activities in Canada valued at 100 per cent of the contract value and thereby ensures that federal defence procurements will generate long-term industrial and regional development in Canada.

"Our government remains committed to ensuring that every contract dollar awarded is invested back into the Canadian economy," said Minister Clement. "Canada's IRB Policy is in place to ensure that prime contractors generate long-term and significant economic activity in Canada."

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante
    Press Secretary
    613-218-6961
    Mary-Ann.Dewey-Plante@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca
    or
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations
    819-956-2315
    or
    Office of the Honourable Peter MacKay
    Minister of National Defence and Minister
    for the Atlantic Gateway
    Jay Paxton
    Press Secretary
    613-996-3100
    or
    Department of National Defence
    Media Liaison Office
    613-996-2353 (local and international)
    1-866-377-0811 (anywhere in Canada)
    or
    Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502