Combat system integrator Atlas Elektronik (Booth 505) and Magellan Aerospace (Booth 1906) are signing a memorandum of understanding today, sealing their intent to collaborate on the development of the rocket motor and warhead sections of the SeaSpider Anti- Torpedo Torpedo (ATT).
During the co-development phase, Atlas Elektronik Canada, located in Victoria, British Columbia, will work with Magellan Aerospace out of its facilities in Winnipeg and Rockwood, Manitoba. Atlas Elektronik Naval Weapons Division in Wedel, Germany, will provide ongoing support.
Once completed, the SeaSpider will provide vital ATT capability for hard-kill defence against all torpedoes in use. By protecting ships and sailors, SeaSpider will enable navies to operate at lower risk when faced with a torpedo threat and will be designed for both submarine and surface vessel torpedo defence systems.
Currently at technology readiness level 6, the co-development phase will work to transition the system to production maturity through the explosive section of the SeaSpider. Atlas Elektronik and Magellan Aerospace will seek concurrent qualification and certification for NATO and Allied force deployment.
The fully assembled SeaSpider system will employ Canadian rocket and propellant technology, while drawing upon a global knowledge base.
Atlas Elektronik Canada president and CEO Rick Gerbrecht said: “The SeaSpider ATT represents an unprecedented resurgence of the excellence in Canadian anti-submarine warfare capability. We are proud to be part of this effort that will offer the Royal Canadian Navy, in time for the construction of the Canadian Surface Combatant, the leading integrated ASW solution.”