C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Elbit payload selected for Canada’s NOMAD active offboard decoy

17 October 2019

Rheinmetall Canada has selected Israel's Elbit Systems to supply an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload for the Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN's) Naval Offboard Anti-missile Active Decoy (NOMAD) programme.

Designed to address the requirements of the Naval Electronic Attack Recapitalization - Unmanned (NEAR-U) project, NOMAD is an offboard active decoy using the Humpback variant of QinetiQ Target Systems' Hammerhead unmanned surface vessel (USV) as a payload carrier. Rheinmetall Canada was awarded a CAN4.5 million contract to lead the NOMAD effort in May this year.

One of a number of initiatives intended to recapitalise the RCN's electronic attack capability, the goal of NEAR-U project is to implement and test a potential solution to improve naval platform survivability by incorporating a NOMAD system into an existing RCN USV platform.

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