- Lockheed Martin Canada will upgrade and sustain the RAMSES jammer
- Each Halifax-class frigate will receive a third Rheinmetall MASS decoy launcher
Canada’s Department for National Defence has confirmed two contracts worth more than CAD115 million (USD88 million) covering the upgrade of soft-kill anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) systems fitted to the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) 12 Halifax-class frigates.
Announced on 17 August, the awards cover the sustainment and upgrade of the legacy AN/SLQ-503 Reprogrammable Advance Multimode Shipboard Electronic Countermeasures System (RAMSES) jammer and the introduction of an additional Rheinmetall Multi-Ammunition Soft-kill System (MASS) decoy launcher.
Originally supplied by MEL Defence Systems, RAMSES is a multimode I/J-band shipborne jammer designed to counter both search radars and missile radio frequency (RF) seekers. Under a CAD94.2 million contract, Lockheed Martin Canada will deliver a comprehensive technology refresh for key parts of the system to ensure the system remains relevant and capable for the remaining service life of the Halifax-class frigates. The contract also secures repair, overhaul, engineering changes, and ongoing support services.
Under a separate CAD21.1 million contract awarded to Rheinmetall, the Halifax frigates will receive a third MASS decoy launcher to improve overall coverage and reduce non-firing arcs. All 12 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 has specified a custom MASS-DUERAS variant combining 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 Halifax-class ships will receive an additional launcher sited atop the hangar and offset to starboard (positioned adjacent to the Phalanx Block 1B close-in weapon system). Work will be split between Rheinmetall’s Fronau plant in Bavaria and Rheinmetall Canada Inc in Quebec.
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