U.S. State Department Approves Aegis Combat Systems For Canada

The State Department has approved Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada of AEGIS Combat System and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.7 billion. 

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Canada has requested to buy four Shipsets of the AEGIS Combat System (ACS); one AEGIS Combat System Computer Program; four Shipsets of AN/SPY-7 Solid State Radar Components; four Shipsets of Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC); and three Shipsets of the MK 41 Vertical Launch System.  Also included is Mode 5/S capable Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment; early ACS development activities for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Project to include U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering activities supporting design, integration, testing, technical documentation, modeling, and training; hardware to support development and testing in U.S. facilities; software; documentation (including combat system capabilities and limitations); training devices and services; technical support; and other related elements of logistical and program support. 

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the military capability of Canada, a NATO ally that is an important force for ensuring political stability and economic progress, and a contributor to military, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world.

This proposed sale will increase Canadian maritime forces’ interoperability with the United States and other allied forces, as well as their ability to contribute to missions of mutual interest by delivering the first AEGIS-capable Canadian Surface Combatant, said State Department spokesperson.

This will significantly improve network-centric warfare capability for the U.S. forces operating globally alongside Canada.  Canada will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

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