L O I s
CF Weapons – Naval Remote Weapon Station – MERX LOI – Oct 2011/Jan 2012
NRWS: Naval Remote Weapon Station for Halifax class Frigates
and Tribal Destroyers –
MERX Letters of Interest/Industry Day
Update: The 2006 Remote Control Heavy Machine Gun Project was rebranded as the
Naval Remote Weapon Station Project. This NRWS Project LOI appeared in Sept 2011 only to be amended to delay an Esquimault 'Industry Day', request a Cost Breakdown Structure, and to
extend the closing date to 30 March 2012. But all this went nowhere. Another NRWS Project LOI was issued in Dec 2014 and is due to close in March 2015.
This Letter of Interest might just as well have been a Request for Information. But for citizens, distinctions
between LOI and RFI are moot. Both are used to solicit feedback from industry for a potential procurement
– in this case, for a Naval Remote Weapon Station – but is still a long way from a Request
for Proposals let alone actual purchase.
The Navy wants its new NRWS to replace manually- operated machinegun stations aboard both Halifax
class FFHs and Iroquois class DDHs. Such stations are armed with a 12.7mm M2HB heavy machinegun.
Readers may wonder what happened to DND's 2006 Remote
Control Heavy Machine Gun Project. NRWS may have eclipsed that earlier project or NRWS may be RCHMG
renamed  but the details have shifted.
The RCHMG Project involved the CF Maritime Warfare Centre test-mounting an OTO Melara 12.7mm P.A. on a
Kingston-class MCDV. But the announced intention of the
RCHMG Project was replacing pintle-mounted machineguns aboard the Kingston and Halifax classes
– no mention of Iroquois. With the NRWS Projects, the destroyers are back and MCDVs out.
Oddly, the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship doesn't come up
either, despite an NRWS being part of the AOPS requirement. No thoughts of commonality ?
The goal of the NRWS Project is a remotely-operated weapon system firing either the 7.62mm C6 GPMG or 12.7mm M2HB
HMG. NRWS must also accommodate a 5.56mm C9 LMG or an unspecified 40mm automatic grenade launcher (as if
that could be anything other than the C16 CASW's HK GMG). An
obvious NRWS contender would be the Kongsberg Sea Protector, a naval version of the Canadian Army's M151 RWS. Sea Protector is designed to accommodate all
of the required machineguns, a range of 40mm AGLs, and is already in service with our allies.
Another obvious NRWS candidate would be Rafael's Mini-Typhoon which is in USN, RAN, and RNZN
service. The Mini-Typhoon also has a Canadian Army equivalent, the Rheinmetall Canada Protected Weapon
Station fitted to TLAVs. But the PWS seems
to have been eclipsed in Army service and that raises another point. The Army now has three
distinct RWS types in service. Can the Navy realistically pick a fourth ?
 Renaming projects can serve to obsfucate. If NRWS is RCHMG rebranded, then it is to be applauded.
A DND coinage was replaced by a more recognized nomenclature.
 Kongsberg and Rheinmetall Canada have joined forces to promote Protector RWS making it unlikely that
Rheinmetall would offer either the licenced PWS or new Nanuk.
Naval Remote Weapon Station – Close-in Defence for
Frigates and Destroyers –
MERX Letters of Interest
Reference Numbers PW-$$QF-101-21857
Solicitation Numbers W8472-125389/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components Yes
Closing 2012-02-28 02:00 PM
GSINS N1230: FIRE CONTROL SYSTEMS, COMPLETE
Region of Delivery Nova Scotia, British Columbia
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tender Type Letter of
Interest ( LOI )
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
Naval Remote Weapon Station [...]
Letter of Interest ( LOI ) and Announcement of Industry Day [...]
The Department of National Defence has a requirement to provide a Naval Remote Weapons Station defence capability
to the Halifax and Iroquois classes of HMC ships.
The objective of this Letter of interest is to:
a) advise industry of this potential forthcoming requirement and provide industry with general information on the
b) provide industry with a preliminary set of high level specifications, deliverables, schedule, and project
c) enable Canada to engage industry and obtain information regarding existing, in- service, NRWS technology,
including detailed, indicative, non-binding cost information for project planning purposes.
d) enable Canada to better evaluate and progress towards a potential NRWS acquis- ition with associated future
ILS [ Integrated Logistic Support ] requirements.
Note that at this time, there is no firm requirement for procurement.
This LOI is neither a call for tender nor a Request for Proposal (RFP), and no agree- ment or contract for the
procurement of the equipment stated above will be entered into solely as a result of this LOI.
There will be no short-listing of vendors for the purposes of undertaking any future work, as a result of this
LOI. Similarly, participation in this LOI is not a condition or prerequisite for the participation to any RFP.