Canada CSC TYPE 26 FRIGATE LATEST KNOWN/SPECULATED CAPABILITIES-05 FEB 2024

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Here are the latest updates as is either known or speculated as of 05 Feb 2024 for the 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Type 26 Frigates weapons & systems design. The number of MK 41 VLS Cells has been dropped to 24 Cells forward vice 32. The mast is also much taller. The crew size has increased from 204 to 210 personnel. The ship tonnage has increased-8,080 tonnes although that will not be the full-load weight (possibly around 9,400 tonnes):

1. 1 x Lockheed Martin (LM) Solid State 3D Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) "S" Band Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR)-SPY 7 (V) 3 Phased Array Solid State Air Search Radar with integration into the CMS 330/Aegis Combat System-Confirmed by Lockheed Martin (LM).
2. 1 x Solid State AESA "X" Band Illumination Radar supported by MacDonald Dettwiler Associates (MDA) in Richmond British Columbia-below the SPY 7 (V) 3 radar mast, with integration into the CMS 330/Aegis Combat System. This will be a Fire Control/Surveillance radar for all Missiles & Guns as well as close-in surface search and surveillance. This may be an MDA built radar or it may be an existing radar from Thales (possibly a “Canadianized” version of the French Sea Fire 500 AESA Phased Array Illumination Radar) however MDA is not talking. Any enlightenment on this radar from any forum members, would be much appreciated.
3. "X" & "S" Bands Navigation Radars.
4. MacDonald Dettwiler Associates (MDA)-Electronic Warfare Suite System & Chaff launchers.
5.
MacDonald Dettwiler Associates (MDA)-Future High Energy Laser (HEL) Warfare Defence System (again MDA is not talking).
6. 24 x MK 41 strike length (ExLS) VLS-ESSM2, SM II/IIIC-SM3; SM6 & Hypersonic cruise missiles (fitted for, but not with for CSC Batch I build) Batch II build to have up to 64 ExLS Mk 41 cells as with the BAE proposed missile fit for the Australian Hunter class Type 26 Frigate and 4x4 NSMs as with the USN Constellation class (The Multi-Mission Bay (MMB) & Mission Bay Handling System (MBHS) would be replaced to accommodate the increased missile load midships); Raytheon Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles (TLAM).
7. Combat Information Management Systems-Links 11/16/22/GCCS-M/ Mode 5S Identification Friend or Foe (IFF).
8.
Light Weight (LW) MK 54 Torpedo system and magazines with twin launcher tubes (Port/Stb’d): To be integrated into the CMS/Aegis Combat System.
9. Sea Spider anti-torpedo system (Magellan/TKMS)
10. 6 x 4 ExLS VLS-
Aft of the funnel (Sea Ceptor, quad-packed) for Close In Air Defence System (CIADS) (could be increased to 12 x 4 ExLS cells with CSC Batch II build); To be integrated into the CMS 330/Aegis Combat System.
11. 2 x 4 Quad packs Kongsberg NSM Surface-To-Surface Missiles-Port/Stb’d above Multi-Mission Bay (MMB). These NSM missiles could be increased to 4 x 4 Quad packs for CSC Type 26 Batch II build as with the Constellation class frigates; To be integrated into the CMS/Aegis Combat System.
12. Main Gun: 1 x 5-inch Leonardo Oto Melara 127mm Light Weight (LW) Land Attack and Anti-Air Vulcano gun. This gun will confer the CSC ships with the ability to fire extended-range, precision-guided Vulcano munitions – both in guided long-range and the ballistic extended-range versions – with conventional Anti-Air Warfare ammunition; To be integrated into the CMS/Aegis Combat System.
13. Secondary Guns: 2 x MARLIN 30 Stabilized Rapid Fire 30mm 174 ATK MK44 Naval Gun Systems (from Leonardo-Port/Stb’d of Flight Deck) with RC-Remotely Controlled; COAX-"Coaxial Electro-Optical Sensor Suite" and ILOS-Independent Line Of Site able to fire HE-High Explosive/AP-Armor-Piercing/TP-Target Practice/ABM-Air Burst Munitions. ROF-Rate Of Fire-SS-Single Shot/100-200 Rounds Per Minute (RPMs); Day & IR Camera. MER-Maximum Effective Range-3500 Meters. Effective against any surface threats/Helicopters and Drones. Outstanding accuracy and precision; automatic Duel-Feed system; Stealthy Design; Video Tracking Capability; High reliability and ease of maintenance with no deck penetration with integration into the CMS/Aegis Combat Systems.
14. Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC)-Sensor Netting-Integrated Cyber Defence System (future-proofing for possible Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) capability; To be integrated into the CMS/Aegis Combat System.
15. Integrated Bridge & Navigation System from OSI.
16.
Internal/External Secure Communications Suite-HF/UHF/SHF/VHF/SATCOM from L3 Harris.
17. Electro Optical & Infrared Systems; Radio/Radar Electronic Support Measures (ESM) to include: Frequency Identification; Laser Warning & Electric Countermeasures System (ECM-RAVEN); Radar/Radio Frequency Electronic Jammers; Electronic Decoy Systems.
18. Lockheed Martin Combat Management System (CMS)-330/ACS-Aegis Combat Systems in support of CEC and future Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Capabilities.
19. Ultra Electronics Hull Mounted Sonar (HMS)-Ultra S2150; To be integrated into the CMS/Aegis Combat System.
20. Ultra Electronics Active/Passive Towed Array Sonar (TAS); Towed Torpedo Countermeasures (TTCM)-Sea Sentor S21700; To be integrated into the CMS/Aegis Combat System.
21. Ultra Electronics Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) known as Towed Low Frequency Active Sonar (TLFAS); (This system is designed to identify and track stealthy submarines in harsh sea environments); Future XLUUV Drone capability (MMB). To be integrated into the CMS/Aegis Combat System.
22. Sonobouy Processing System (SPS) from General Dynamics with expendable Acoustic Countermeasures; To be integrated into the CMS/Aegis Combat System.
23. Combined Diesel Electric Gas Turbine Propulsion System (CODLOG) to include 1 X Rolls Royce RR/MT 30 Gas Turbine; 2 X Electronic Motors from General Electric; 4 X RR MTU Diesel Generators; Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) from L3 Harris.
24.
CSC Reconfigurable Multi-Mission Bay (MMB) along with a Rolls Royce’ Mission Bay Handling System (MBHS)-reconfigurable mission and boat bays including a 9m rescue boat, two 9-12m multi-role boats, and modular mission support (standard 20ft sea containers, other vehicles).
25. “Future-Proofing” Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) Systems-U.K. Dragon Fire DEW (Port/Stb’d waist areas); USN AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System/ Tactical High Power Responder (THOR) DEW systems. These DEW systems however, do require more power than usual weapon systems and may necessitate higher power rated CSC Frigate Diesel Generators (DGs).Autonomous Extra Large Un-crewed Underwater Vehicles (XLUUVs) for Special Ops missions (To be housed & launched in the Multi-Mission Bay (MMB). Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) capability; All to be integrated into the CMS/Aegis Combat System.
26. 1 x S-92 CH 148 Cyclone Sikorsky ASW Helicopter with Tactical Data Links (TDLs); with the ability to carry 2 X Cyclones if required in the hanger/MMB with integration into the CMS/Aegis Combat System; Skeldar V200 UAV-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle helicopter drone systems (possibly x 2) from Saab-known as CU-176 "Gargoyle" helicopter drones with TDL capabilities and again with integration into the CMS 330/Aegis Combat System, either in the hanger or in 20 ft containers in the Multi-Mission Bay (MMB).
27. Speed-approximately 27-30 kts. Statement Of Requirement (SOR); required capability for US Carrier Battle Group (CBG) Ops.
28. Crew Compliment-210 max (with separate female officer/sailor quarters).
 

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