The HMCS HALIFAX class
FELEX conversion

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Canada’s 12 HALIFAX class frigates are designed to
fight future battles.

The Canadian Halifax-Class Modernization Frigate Life Extension (FELEX) project will manage both the modernization of the combat systems and a planned mid-life ship refit program to ensure they can handle more tasks, faster, at a longer range and more accurately, and continue to fight air/sea/missile battles simultaneously without manual operation.

While the words “arms race” have not been used for some time, new anti-ship weapons have dictated the necessity for upgrading naval ships to improve battle capabilities.

Displacement: 4,707 tons
Length: 440 feet
Beam: 54 feet
Speed: 30 knots
Crew: 225
Endurance: 9,500 miles

HALIFAX CLASS FRIGATE UPGRADES beyond 2017

The current ($5 billion) Halifax-class frigates FELEX midlife modernization will be completed in 2017. A planned ($2.4 billion) program to extend the frigate life from 2017 to beyond 2030 will include…

Improved underwater detection sensors ($249 million)
Unmanned aircraft surveillance and reconnaissance ($249 million)
Maritime satellite communications upgrade ($99 million)
New multirole rigid-hull boats and launch system ($99 million)
Improved electronic countermeasures system ($99 million)
Upgraded tactical command-and-control system ($49 million)
Upgraded electronic emitter intelligence system ($49 million)
Tactical radio signal intercept threat analysis system ($49 million)
Next generation radio suite ($49 million)
New anti-ship defense missile system ($500 million) including the next generation Raytheon’s Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) with the capability of engaging surface craft and low velocity aircraft.

The continuing upgrades to defensive and offensive systems aboard the HALIFAX CLASS FRIGATE is a necessity because of current history showing that when terrorists get a hold of modern weapons, they are not afraid of using them against what they think is a threat to their existance. (e.g. Shooting down an aircraft over the Ukraine)





RCN FRIGATES FELEX UPDATE
Main antennas

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HMCS CALGARY in CFB Esquimalt after FELEX refit March 1013... Note new electronic and radar antennas


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HMCS WINNIPEG arriving in Vancouver April 11, 2014


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FELEX update with new MASS decoy launcher on each side of ship with 16 decoys that can be launched automatically
in various directions with 10 types of decoys. Replaces 8 fixed direction decoy launchers. Wire cables are shock absorbers.

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FELEX update showing new ECM system mounted higher up on ship for longer range and less interference.

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FELEX update with new navigation radar, tracking radar and 3D long range search radar with IFF system

HMCS CALGARY
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Aft antennas above hanger. (HMCS WINNIPEG)
UHF-ULTRA HIGH FREQUENCY, LF-LOW FREQUENCY, MF-MEDIUM FREQUENCY,
HF-HIGH FREQUENCY, VHF- VERY HIGH FREQUENCY,
SHF-SUPER HIGH FREQUENCY, SAT-SATELLITE, TV-TELEVISION

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HMCS WINNIPEG


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SOME OF THE OVER 50 UPGRADES TO THE HALIFAX CLASS FRIGATES

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AFTER FELEX REFIT

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BEFORE FELEX REFIT