Rheinmetall Canada (Booth 1121) has teamed with Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace industries (IAI/ Elta), to offer the naval variant of its operationally proven ELM-2248 Multi-Function Surveillance, Track And Guidance Radar (MF-STAR) medium-range radar (MRR) for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme.
MF-STAR is a fully digital, multifunctional active electronically scanned array (AESA) naval radar for longrange air and surface surveillance and tracking. A derivative of the system is used with Israel’s Iron Dome mobile all-weather air defence system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and IAI.
The teaming agreement for the CSC programme follows the successful award to Rheinmetall Canada in July 2015 of a potential C$243.3 million contract to supply 10 ground-based ELM-2248 MF-STAR MRR variants and related in-service support to sustain the Canadian Army’s C-RAM/air defence capabilities.
Rheinmetall Canada, as prime, will build those MRRs at its facilities at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, under a transfer of technology agreement with IAI/ Elta. Deliveries to the Army are expected to begin in 2017.
The MF-STAR antenna includes four fixed faces of active arrays in S-band frequency, delivering a high-quality air and surface situation picture and weapon support – particularly in severely cluttered target, electronic, topographical and environmental conditions.
With advanced technology and robust system architecture, the MF-STAR employs multi-beam and pulse Doppler techniques to extract low radar cross-section targets from complex clutter and jamming environments.
Rhienmetall says MF-STAR can be easily scaled to fit different requirements and different ship designs, and is already in service with Israel and another undisclosed naval customer with similar mission requirements to those proposed for the CSC.
CSC is part of the 2010 National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, under which Canada will replace the current surface fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Canadian Coast Guard. For the combat element of the CSC for the RCN, initial development will focus on Arctic/O shore Patrol Ships (AOPSs), followed by the CSC. The Joint Support Ships (JSSs) will be built for the RCN under a non-combat work package.
In RCN service, the CSC project will renew Canada’s surface combat fleet by replacing the capabilities currently delivered by the Navy’s Iroquois class destroyers and Halifax class multi-role patrol frigates.