Atlas Elektronik Canada and Magellan Aerospace have signed an agreement for the joint design and development of the SeaSpider Anti-Torpedo Torpedo (ATT), targeting Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) requirements.
The two companies have been exploring the co-development of the weapon for a number of years, and in January began an initial CAD19 million (USD14.2 million) phase of the development programme, which is expected to conclude in 2023.
Magellan will be responsible for the design and development of the rocket motor for Atlas’ SeaSpider, as well as warhead sections of the torpedo, including the design, build, test, and product qualification.
SeaSpider is a German-developed weapon that can be deployed by surface vessels or submarines for a hardkill defence against attacking torpedoes, according to Atlas, and the collaboration with Magellan will enable more work allocation in Canada to fulfil potential ATT requirements from the domestic navy.
“With such a significant share of the SeaSpider ATT product and its development in Canada, we are positioned to participate in a new and innovative product and grow our presence with jobs all across Canada while providing the RCN and the global defence market with essential underwater defence capabilities,” Rick Gerbrecht, managing director of Atlas Elektronik Canada, says.
Atlas said SeaSpider is distinguished from competitive systems because it destroys attacking torpedoes rather than providing a decoy and jammer countermeasure like other systems do, and the company draws on its experience in providing torpedoes to the German ministry of defence in its development of new systems.
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