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Canada partners with Lockheed Martin on next-gen warships

AFP  |  Ottawa 

announced Friday it had partnered with US on a Can$185 million project to design 15 warships.

"Our government is providing the with the ships it needs to do its important work of protecting Canadians," said in Halifax, where the ships will be built.

Based on the British-designed Type 26 frigate, developed by for the British defense ministry, the ships will measure 492 feet (150 meters) from bow to stern.

Armed with sea-to-air missiles and with a range of 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers) and a top speed of 26 knots (48 kilometers an hour), the ships will carry crews of between 157 and 208 sailors.

The design period is expected to last three to four years, with construction due to start in the early 2020s.

While the initial contract is for Can$185 million ($139 million), the cost of building all 15 warships will rise to Can$60 billion, according to the Radio-public service.

"These highly advanced, state-of-the-art warships will enable our to monitor and defend our waters here at home, help us support our international allies and keep Canadians safe," said

Since coming to office in 2015, the government of has launched an extensive modernization program of Canada's armed forces, updating warplanes and submarines and buying new light armored vehicles and a new generation of precision-guided munitions.

The long-term aim is to bolster defense spending from the current one percent of to 1.4 percent by 2027.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 00:30 IST