Canadian manufacturer of electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) camera systems, CURRENT Scientific Corporation (CURRENT), based in British Columbia, is excited to reveal its latest contribution to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).
Through collaboration with Federal Fleet Services (FFS), the operator of the Combat Support Ship (CSS) Asterix – Canada’s largest Combat Support Ship – CURRENT will provide cutting-edge maritime surveillance capabilities. This partnership underscores CURRENT’s dedication to crafting innovative technological solutions for ensuring the safety of Canadian waters. As a result of this partnership, the CSS Asterix will now feature an advanced EO/IR system.
CURRENT’s camera technology will seamlessly integrate with the recently acquired MARSS NiDAR Command and Control (C2) and Counter Uncrewed Aerial System (CUAS), connecting sophisticated hardware capabilities with the MARSS system. Moreover, the incorporation of CURRENT’s Night Navigator™ into the CSS Asterix’s surveillance system will empower RCN crews to efficiently manage day-to-day operations and swiftly identify potential threats. Operating seamlessly day and night, even in challenging weather conditions, the Night Navigator™ significantly enhances operational efficiency, reduces response times, and enhances personnel safety.
Greg Menzies, President of CURRENT Scientific Corporation, expressed honor in contributing to the Royal Canadian Navy’s maritime surveillance capabilities. With their expertise, CURRENT is well-prepared to offer comprehensive imaging solutions to the Canadian Forces, safeguarding territorial waters. Their imaging systems are already utilized globally in various maritime and land-based surveillance programs, spanning defense, naval, commercial, and yacht sectors.
John Schmidt, President and CEO of Federal Fleet Services, highlighted the significance of the partnership between Davie, Federal Fleet Services, and CURRENT. This collaboration allows the Canadian Navy to test advanced Canadian technology and showcases the nation’s technological prowess on a global stage. Schmidt believes this partnership will benefit crew members and advance Canada’s operational objectives.
This partnership emerged from an investment aligned with the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, demonstrating Davie’s commitment to fostering innovation in Canada’s EO/IR Systems Key Industrial Capability. The collaboration empowers CURRENT to advance Night Navigator™ technology and gain valuable real-time insights. Davie’s future focus includes supporting Canadian technologies, strengthening the shipbuilding industry, and driving it to new heights.
About Chantier Davie Canada Inc
Based in Lévis, Québec, Davie is Canada’s premier shipbuilder and a global leader in delivering specialist, mission-critical vessels to government and commercial customers. Founded in 1825, Davie is Canada’s longest-established, largest, and highest-capacity shipbuilder. Our world-class workforce builds and sustains complex ships that enable our customers to protect national and economic security or fulfill acute business needs. For more information about Davie, please visit www.davie.ca
About Federal Fleet Services
Part of the Inocea Group, Federal Fleet Services owns and operates Combat Support Ship Asterix and is a sister company to Davie, Canada’s largest shipbuilder, located in Québec. For nearly two centuries, Davie has been pioneering technologies in the marine industry, building and maintaining complex ships for their customers, including the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy. For more information on Federal Fleet Services, please visit www.federalfleet.ca
About Current Scientific
CURRENT is a manufacturer of high-performing, internationally trusted EO/IR systems. CURRENT’s flagship Night Navigator™ systems are installed on a variety of maritime vessels, including paramilitary ships, coast guards, search and rescue vessels, offshore specialty ships, ice-class multipurpose vessels, research and scientific exploration vessels, superyachts, unmanned surface vessels, and high-speed ferries. For more information on CURRENT, please visit www.currentcorp.com