In April 2014, the French naval defence company DCNS established a wholly owned subsidiary with its headquarters in Ottawa. DCNS Technologies Canada Inc was created to develop naval engineering and industrial partnerships in Canada.
DCNS Technologies Canada (Booth 1426) is leading the adaptation of the FREMM (Frégate européenne multi-mission) frigate design to meet the requirements of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme. DCNS was shortlisted in November last year as a possible warship design and combat system integration partner for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new “made in Canada” vessel. The company is proposing its SETIS combat management system as part of the bid.
FREMM is a versatile design that can undertake a variety of tasks, including anti-air, antisubmarine and anti-surface warfare. It can be employed for land attack missions and can function as a command ship. The French navy has ordered eight to be delivered by 2022, of which three have been delivered. The most recent, FNS Languedoc, was handed over in March this year.
An option is held for nine further ships. Single FREMM vessels have been delivered by DCNS to Morocco (2014) and Egypt (2015). The frigate is also under consideration for an Australian order.
While CSC dominates DCNS’s activities in Canada, the company is also positioned to participate in the RCN’s AJISS (Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship and Joint Support Ship In Service Support) programme, for which contracts are expected to be awarded next year.
Away from the defence arena, DCNS has partnered – through its OpenHydro subsidiary – with Emera to install the world’s first grid-connected tidal array. The joint venture, known as Cape Sharp Tidal, aims to develop a commercial tidal industry in Nova Scotia. This summer, two 16m OpenHydro tidal turbines will be installed in the Bay of Fundy to generate 4MW and potentially provide energy to more than 1,000 customers.