Elbit Systems has been selected to supply its Satellite-on-the-Move (SOTM) communications system to the Canadian Armed Forces Land Command Support System Life Extension (LCSS LE) programme under a deal with Rheinmetall Canada.

Under the contract Elbit will provide the Canadian Armed Forces with the triple-band ELSAT 2100 SATCOM on-the-move system, which provides personnel with broadband communications using both military and commercial satellites.

Elbit Systems C4I & Cyber Division executive vice-president and general manager Haim Delmar said: “We are proud of our ongoing work with the Canadian Armed Forces, providing them with networked combat solutions.

“We will continue to focus on developing and delivering superior networked warfare technologies to Canada and additional Five Eyes countries.”

According to Elbit, the system will allow the Canadian Armed Forces to ‘maintain’ voice and data communications at long ranges using the US Department of Defence (DoD)’s Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) network.

A key focus of the LCSS LE programme is to improve the network capabilities of Canada’s land forces. On top of satellite communications capability, Canada is also looking to improve smaller local network capabilities.

Elbit has in the past provided the ELSAT 2100 to Canada under an earlier contract signed in 2014. In the past year, the company has provided a number of systems to the Royal Canadian Navy including an off-board electronic countermeasure payload for the Hammerhead unmanned surface vessel, also as part of a contract with Rheinmetall Canada.