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History

Celebrating our achievements - Aiming for the future

Rheinmetall Canada (the former Oerlikon Aerospace) was formed in April 1986 as the Canadian home for Oerlikon's business in North America. The company's first mandate was to manufacture and provide support for the Air Defence Anti-Tank System (ADATS) missile system for the Canadian Forces Low-Level Air Defence (LLAD) program, a program which was retired on 31 March 2011.

We are proud to have built and sustained this sophisticated weapon system here in Canada. This "ADATS experience" was a defining period during the company's evolution as we developed a unique blend of state-of-the-art services in systems, subsystems, software, and logistics engineering. It laid the foundation to expand into new markets, such as battle management, land defence, and homeland security.

History at a glance

The early years

1986
Creation of Oerlikon Aerospace Inc.

1986
Contract award - Canadian Forces ADATS.

1987
Contract award - United States Army for Forward Area Air Defence System.

1993-1995
Completion period of the ADATS contract; start of the system engineering support repair and overhaul contract.

Diversification phase

1999
Acquisition by Rheinmetall AG.

2000
Use of ADATS experience and technology to penetrate new niche markets.

2001
Creation of Oerlikon Transtec Inc.

2007
Opening of Ottawa office.
Name changed to Rheinmetall Canada Inc.

2009
Start of collaborative activities with the Rheinmetall Defence Group.
Contract for the MASS Multi Ammunition Softkill System for the Halifax Class Shield Replacement Program.


2010
Integration within Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH, Germany.
Procurement of the 40 mm Close Area Suppression Weapon (CASW), the army’s digitized 40 mm grenade launcher.

2011
25th anniversary of Rheinmetall Canada.
Decommissioning of the ADATS by the Canadian Army.
Integration into Rheinmetall's division Combat Systems.

2012
Delivery of the first Leopard vehicle and official acceptance by the government of Canada.
Signature of the TAPV contract with Textron Systems Canada Inc.

2014
Contract for the satellite on the move (SOTM) communication system for the Candian Land Command Support System Life Extension (LCSS LE) programme.

2015
Orders for the medium-range radar and an integrated soldier system to supply to the Canadian Armed Forces.

  • Rheinmetall Canada Inc.

    225, boulevard du Séminaire Sud
    Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
    QC  J3B 8E9 (Québec)
    Canada
    Phone: 450-358-2000
    Fax: 450-358-1744

  • Rheinmetall Canada Inc.

    Ottawa office

    150 Metcalfe Street, Suite 2204
    Ottawa
    ON  K2P 1P1 (Ontario)
    Canada
    Phone: 613-233-3223
    Fax: 613-233-4224