Rheinmetall, GD to produce Omnitrap decoys
Rheinmetall and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Canada have signed a licence agreement to produce Omnitrap decoy ammunition for the Royal Canadian Navy, Rheinmetall announced on 14 July.
The contract will run for a period of 30 years. Under the agreement Rheinmetall will provide the core components for the decoy ammunition, and will provide technical assistance in setting up the assembly line at the General Dynamics facility in Repentigny, Quebec, where final assembly will take place.
Rheinmetall’s Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) is fitted on Canada’s Halifax class frigates under a contract awarded in 2009. The automated decoy system offers protection against incoming anti-ship missiles. It can be installed on vessels of all types, whether in standalone mode or as an integral part of the ship’s command, control and weapon engagement system.
Rheinmetall and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems–Canada supplied Omnitrap decoy rounds in 2015 and 2016. This latest agreement will continue the relationship for the next 30 years.
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