Canadian Forces to upgrade naval MASS countermeasure systemsNews
June 22, 2018
D?SSELDORF, Germany. Canadian Forces officials selected Rheinmetall to upgrade the Canadian navy's Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS), a countermeasure system installed on its Halifax-class frigates. The contract is worth an estimated CAD20 million ($15 million).
MASS is an automated decoy system that protects surface combatants from advanced anti-ship missiles. The projectt will be carried out in close cooperation between Rheinmetall’s Fronau plant in Bavaria and Rheinmetall Canada Inc. in Québec. The Canadian procurement authorities have given a green light to the project, with approximately $6.981 million each to go to Fronau and Rheinmetall Canada.
During the course of the upgrade, the twin-launcher systems already installed on Canada’s Halifax-class frigates will be transformed into triple launcher systems. The necessary subassemblies and individual parts for the MASS systems will first be shipped to Rheinmetall Canada, where they will be assembled and commissioned prior to being installed onboard.