Weapon systems

Rheinmetall has a broad depth in producing and sustaining land and naval weapon systems for Canada and the international defence community. The strong partnerships with platform and weapon suppliers allow us to propose cost-effective and high-performance weapon systems for all kinds of missions. Several armed forces including the Canadian Army, Canadian Navy, French Army, and Belgian Army now field weapon systems produced and supported by Rheinmetall Canada in collaboration with its partners.

At Rheinmetall Canada, we not only manufacture complete weapon systems, but we also design, develop, integrate, and test components and subassemblies for the Rheinmetall Defence group of companies and for our key partners.

Our expertise includes:

  • Sensor and servo controls.
  • Fire controls.
  • Firing mechanisms.
  • Software design, development, and qualification.

CASW - Close Area Suppression Weapon

The CASW system is the army’s digitized 40 mm grenade launcher. It is a highly flexible weapon enhanced by the firepower of airburst and a new generation of high explosive, dual-purpose ammunition, making it the most technologically advanced solution to combat ground targets.

  • Fully integrated automatic grenade launcher solution.
  • Powerful suppression capability against hidden targets.
  • Easy to use: aim, lase, and fire.
  • Designed to engage direct or indirect targets in all environments, day and night.
  • Integrated interface for Military Off-the-shelf (MOTS) thermal/I2 weapon sight.

Weapon stations

Rheinmetall Canada has a successful record of producing, integrating, and supporting Remotely Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) in Canada and international markets. Rheinmetall Canada’s weapon stations are fielded on vehicles with the Canadian Army, the Nexter VBCI for the French Armed Forces, the MPPV and AIV for the Belgium Army, and will be integrated on the Fuchs APC for the Armed Forces of an international customer.

Nanuk-Dual weapon station

The Nanuk-Dual is a fully stabilized weapon station with long range day/night all weather sights and a laser rangefinder. Its versatile weapon cradle supports two weapons simultaneously. The main weapon can be either the 12.7 mm NSV-T, the AGS 30 mm AGL, or the 12.7 mm KORD. The coaxial weapon can be either the 7.62 mm PKT or the 7.62mm PECHENEG.

Adaptor kits are available for other customer-specific weapons upon request.

Naval systems

MASS - Multi Ammunition Softkill System

Rheinmetall Defence was contracted to equip the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates with the MASS. This countermeasure system provides a unique level of protection against modern sensor-guided missiles on the high seas and in coastal waters, as well as from asymmetric terrorist-type threats. With the information from on-board sensors and systems, the MASS calculates the best missile defeat solution and, being fully trainable in azimuth and elevation, then fires the decoys and places them in time in the optimal position without the ship having to manoeuvre to obtain an effective countermeasure solution.

Fully automatic, MASS offers significant tactical, operational, and logistical advantages, and can be installed on any type of ship. It can be integrated into all naval command and control systems, but can also operate in a stand-alone mode.

MASS significantly enhances ship survivability through speed of response and the ability to put the required multi-purpose decoy rounds in the precise position necessary for optimum defence.

The MASS_DUERAS version chosen by the Royal Canadian Navy is a piggyback solution. It features additional launching tubes for distraction rockets mounted on top of the MASS launcher.

MLG30/ABM light naval gun system

The MLG30/ABM light naval gun system is the self defence system designed to counter the asymmetric threat for all types of warships and patrol boats. The high accuracy of the system against surface, air, and shore targets is achieved by the combination of a dynamic mount with a
state-of-the-art sensor system. Using the latest airburst munition (ABM) technology allows to achieve a maximum of effectiveness.

Millennium – 35 mm naval gun system

The Millennium is ideally suited to counter symmetric and asymmetric threats. It effectively engages air, sea, and land targets. It can be used in combination with any advanced fire control system or readily integrated into existing inner layer defence systems. Millennium is capable of neutralizing hostile speedboat swarms approaching at high speed. Due to its high rate of fire and the use of Ahead ammunition, Millennium is the only medium-calibre naval gun capable of engaging fast-moving incoming air targets. Millennium is effective at ranges of up to 3500 m for air targets and up to 5000 m for surface targets.

Contact

Andreas Knackstedt (interim)
President and CEO,
Weapon systems and Vehicle
integration
Phone: 450-358-7723