Government of Canada ensures continued maintenance of key Halifax-Class systems

News release

June 30, 2021 – Ottawa – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Our Royal Canadian Navy must be well equipped and prepared for operations at home and abroad in order to support the safety and security of Canadians. The Government of Canada is supporting this requirement by investing in the maintenance of key equipment on the Halifax-class frigates.

Today, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan announced an in-service support contract with L3 MAPPS Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. With an initial value of $24.5 million (including taxes) for six years, this contract will ensure our Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) remains well-maintained and capable of supporting operations. The IPMS is a highly integrated and operationally critical system used to manage the propulsion, electrical, and damage control systems on board Halifax-class frigates.

Through this contract the Government of Canada is supporting the operational effectiveness of the Royal Canadian Navy, maintaining twenty Canadian jobs, and advancing Canadian innovation, by investing in domestically produced technologies.


“The Halifax-class multi-role frigates are the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy. Ensuring our frigates remain operationally capable and effective is critical to supporting Canadian Armed Forces operations at home and abroad, and aligns with the priorities outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“The Government of Canada is ensuring that members of the Canadian Royal Navy have the equipment that they need to carry out their important duties for Canadians. This in-service support contract with L3 MAPPS Inc. will help to provide our Navy with safe, reliable ships, while also maintaining jobs and generating economic benefits for Canadians.”

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Quick facts

  • Halifax-class frigates monitor and control Canadian waters, defend Canada’s sovereignty, facilitate large-scale search and rescue activities, and provide emergency assistance when needed. Introduced into service in the 1990s, the Canadian-built Halifax-class frigates were modernized in 2014 to remain operationally effective and relevant until the Canadian Surface Combatants enter into service.

  • In September 2014, an interim $11.7 million in-service support contract for the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) was awarded to the original equipment manufacturer, L3 MAPPS, via sole-source.

  • This new contract will provide in-service support in the form of routine maintenance, repair and overhaul, technical support, spare management, and engineering support, including hardware obsolescence management, system integration, software development and innovation support for the IPMS. This will ensure the systems can continue providing essential services, and are capable of integrating new platform systems onboard, such as new diesel generators and smoke and heat detection sensors.

  • This contract includes options for extending services until the Halifax-class is retired.

  • This contract is also compliant with the Government of Canada’s Sustainment Initiative, which ensures that it has the flexibility to meet our operational needs while also providing the best value for money.


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Department of National Defence
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