Wescam (Canada) has been awarded a C$20 million contract to outfit the Canadian Navy's HALIFAX and IROQUOIS class fleets with its shipboard Wescam™ 14 electro-optic surveillance equipment. Wescam will deliver imaging systems to equip 17 vessels over a two-year period, starting in 2002, as well as provide spares and support to the Canadian Navy. This contract represents the company's largest foray into the maritime visual information systems market to date.
The shipboard Wescam™ 14 is a multi-spectral sensor incorporating infra red, electro-optic and laser technologies. The Wescam system will provide the Canadian Navy with enhanced imaging capabilities to support surveillance, search and rescue, fisheries and pollution/environmental patrol missions. "We are proud that PWGSC and the Canadian Navy placed their confidence in Wescam's technology," said John Alsop, Vice President, Government Systems Division, Wescam. "This program demonstrates Wescam's strategy to extend its reach in its current markets including growing its marine business" he added. Today, Wescam offers the maritime market both small and mid-sized imaging systems that have been enhanced to withstand the harsh maritime environment.