The Canadian Government has awarded a major support contract related to intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR).

The five-year C$57m ($42.4m) contract is part of the land command, control, communication, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) programme.

Rheinmetall Canada is serving as the prime contractor and will provide the ISTAR in-service support services (ISS).

Commenting on the contract, Rheinmetall Canada president and CEO Stéphane Oehrli said: “At Rheinmetall Canada, we are delighted to provide an important part of the ISTAR programme. This contract represents a great opportunity to showcase our knowledge and capabilities in this high-end area of advanced technology.”

The ISTAR ISS contract aims to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with ISTAR command and control information system (C2IS) capability.

“Rheinmetall Canada has become one of the few companies to reach over $1bn in ITB transactions since the launch of the policy.”

Under the support contract, the company will maintain and improve the capability for the armed forces.

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The company was selected through a competitive process involving value proposition and industrial and technological benefit policy (ITB).

Rheinmetall Canada has become one of the few companies to reach over $1bn in ITB transactions since the launch of the policy.

The contract is expected to deliver benefits to the Canadian supply chain in the coming years.

Rheinmetall Canada, a division of Rheinmetall Defence, is a systems engineering and integration company. Nearly 75% of the company’s business comes from the Canadian Department of National Defence.

Last year, the Canadian Army selected Rheinmetall for the acquisition of the portable and powerful medium range radar (MRR).