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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