27 May 2015
Rheinmetall Canada teams with Elbit Systems Ltd to bring battle-proven remote weapon stations to Royal Canadian Navy
Rheinmetall Canada, a member of the Rheinmetall Defence Group and a long-standing, in-country supplier to the Canadian Forces, has teamed with Elbit Systems of Israel to bring Elbit’s Remote Control Weapons System (RCWS) for .50 BMG and 7.62 weapons to Canada for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Remote Weapons Station (NRWS) project.
Rheinmetall Canada already has significant expertise and experience here through its own development, deployment and support of remote control weapons systems – both in Canada and internationally. Moreover, Rheinmetall Canada has recent experience with the RCN thanks to its delivery and support of the Multi-Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) for Canada’s Halifax-class frigates and development and deployment of the Marine Engineer System Operator (MESO) project.
Like Rheinmetall, Elbit Systems designs and develops high-performance naval systems and has extensive expertise in naval combat systems integration and naval combat management systems, e.g. naval C4I, weapons systems, navigation and electronic warfare applications, both internationally and with the RCN. Elbit’s RCWS are mature, off-the-shelf (TRL-9) fully proven systems, with well over a thousand weapons stations sold to the Israeli Defence Forces and many other countries worldwide. Investing robustly in R&D, testing and trials, Elbit can rapidly and independently engineer, test and prove compliance to meet customer requirements.
Led by Rheinmetall Canada, these two companies’ experience and expertise in remote weapons stations, fire control and naval systems, combined with their successful collaboration in winning the Canadian Army’s Satellite-On-The-Move (SOTM) project, will bring to the RCN a made-in Canada solution for the NRWS project that is mature, battle-proven, fully capable and cost effective.
Visitors to CANSEC 2015 can get more information about the NRWS project as well as Rheinmetall’s Searanger 20 mm and 25 mm remote controlled gun stations at the Rheinmetall booth no. 1121.