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Canada invests in upgraded soft-kill defences for Halifax-class frigates

21 August 2018
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Key Points

  • 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.

Omni-Trap multispectral decoys being fired from a MASS launcher on HMCS
        <I>Vancouver</I>
        during the recent &#8216;RIMPAC 2018&#8217; exercise. Each Halifax-class frigate is to receive a third MASS launcher. (Canadian Armed Forces)Omni-Trap multispectral decoys being fired from a MASS launcher on HMCS <I>Vancouver</I> during the recent &#8216;RIMPAC 2018&#8217; exercise. Each Halifax-class frigate is to receive a third MASS launcher. (Canadian Armed Forces)

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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