National Post/Canadian Press: Ottawa awards design contract for $ 60-billion warship fleet to Lockheed Martin

HALIFAX — The federal government awarded U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin a long-awaited contract to design its $ 60-billion fleet of warships despite lingering questions about the selection process and a legal challenge from a rival bidder.

Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough announced the deal in Halifax early Friday, saying the Royal Canadian Navy’s 15 new warships will be built by Irving and based on the British-designed Type 26 frigate.

The initial contract with Irving Shipbuilding is valued at $ 185 million including taxes and will increase as design work progresses, the government said Friday, adding a policy will apply to ensure every dollar put into the contract will result in a dollar back into the economy.

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