The Canadian Defense Ministry assumes option of producing the Type 26 frigate, the British warship designed to combat hostile submarines, missiles and aircraft. Defense News reported that, referring to the article of its Paris-based correspondent.
'The Canadian government announced mid-October that a team led by Lockheed Martin Canada had been selected as the “preferred designer.” That team was offering up British defense firm BAE Systems’ Type 26 design. To some, the selection of the Type 26 design was a surprise given that Britain only just began cutting steel for the first one last summer, and as with any new ship and design, there is a high potential for cost overruns and delays. But the Arctic nation’s selection of a ship that is a purpose-built sub hunter could be a sign that it is willing to accept those risks because of the strategic threat Russia poses to Canada’s interests at the rapidly thawing top of the world', reads the article.
The outlet quoted a military expert, the retired U.S. Marine who reiterated that the anti-submarine warfare is essential for Canada, as it considers options of submarine or aircraft threat.
Recently, there was a report that the mass production of W76-2, the small-capacity nuclear warheads began at Pantax Plant in Texas. The devices will be set on all Trident II (D5) ballistic missiles employed by the U.S. military. The National Nuclear Safety Agency specified that the U.S. Navy will get the first batch of new warheads in September. The actual number of those is not disclosed.