Ex-Dragoon said:Our frigates still stack favourably to most other nations frigates, they are a capable platform and once FELEX is underway wil continue to do an outstanding job for Canada and the Navy.
I wouldn't go quite that far.
The basic threat level has increased since the CPF was designed back in the early 1980's. Most of the newer frigates out there now have systems capable of dealing with those threats, while the FELEX FFH won't.
The FELEX program has more to do with industrial currency rather than combat system improvements. There should be a few system improvements, they just won't be enough to raise the system performance to the level required to meet projected high threat environments. Even medium threat environments are going to require increased risk tolerance.
If we had the money, we'd be far better off replacing the FFH with newer models and newer systems. We don't have the money, so we're doing what we can.
For what its worth, the FELEX FFH will probably be better equipped to meet the threats of the next 15 years than the Cadillacs were to meeting the threats of the 1980's.