Rheinmetall Canada has received two contracts to supply medium-range radar (MRR) system and an integrated soldier system (ISS) to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
Valued at a combined CAD140m (€100m), the contracts also include options, which if exercised would increase the total value to approximately C$493m (€350m).
Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney said: "Both the Integrated Soldier System Project and the Medium Range Radar Project will be responsible for bringing new technology to the battlefield and for providing commanders the information they need in order to fight and to win."
Canadian Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley said: "These contracts will create and maintain more than 80 jobs for skilled workers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec."
Scheduled to run for a period of three years, the MRR contract encompasses procurement of ten systems, as well as the associated logistical support.
The initial order phase represents sales of approximately C$130m (€95m), features options, and also covers the provision of in-service support with an option for extension. The potential value of both contracts, including options, is C$243m (€175m).
Rheinmetall has won a contract for an initial C$7m (€5m) to test a new capability, and once the federal government declares the system fully acceptable, will supply up to 4,144 of these systems over the next four years.
The government will also award a second contract for related support. The total value of both contracts is likely to reach C$250m (€180m).
Supplied in collaboration with Elta Systems, the MRR system will enable CAF to determine the launch and impact points of enemy rockets, artillery and mortar rounds.
Equipped with Elta’s ELM-2084 multi-mission radar, the system can track hostile and friendly aircraft, both fixed-wing and rotary, as well as unmanned air vehicles, cruise missiles, and anti-radiation missiles, helping ground forces to take appropriate countermeasures.
The ISS is equipped with advanced communications and navigation technology, and improves the situational awareness of the individual soldier, and is being delivered in partnership with Saab.
The system could be integrated into the Canadian Army’s Land Command Support System.
Image: The medium-range radar system will enable CAF to determine the launch and impact points of enemy rockets, artillery and mortar rounds. Photo: courtesy of Rheinmetall AG.