Naval Weapons

Soft-kill uplift for Canadian frigates

27 June 2018

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Halifax-class frigates are to receive a third Multi-Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) decoy launcher under a CAD20 million (USD15 million) contract awarded to Rheinmetall.

Halifax-class frigates are already fitted with two MASS launcher systems (installed on the bridge wings port and starboard) under a contract placed with Rheinmetall in 2009. The RCN specified a custom MASS_DUERAS variant that combines the standard trainable launcher (firing 81 mm Omni-Trap spin-stabilised multispectral decoys) with additional barrels for DUERAS distraction chaff rockets.

Under the new contract, each of the RCN’s 12 Halifax frigates will receive an additional launcher to improve overall coverage and reduce non-firing arcs.

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