13/10/2010: CASW Systems for the Canadian Forces
Rheinmetall Canada Inc. has been awarded a $95M contract for the supply of 304 Close Area Suppression Weapon (CASW) systems to the Canadian Forces, with an option for additional system and ammunition quantities. This is the first sale of a fully integrated CASW system for the Rheinmetall Group worldwide and will be the first modern 40 mm support weapon system deployed with the Canadian Army.
The CASW system is used to engage targets at a range up to 2.2 km and, in a secondary role, to perform surveillance and target acquisition under all weather conditions. An integrated Fire Control System (FCS) provides high-performance day and night capability along with direct and indirect firing solutions to targets. Combined with powerful airburst ammunition capable of suppressing hidden targets, and a new generation of high-explosive, dual-purpose ammunition, the CASW system is the most technologically advanced in its class.
Rheinmetall Canada, acting as the prime contractor and technical authority for this project, will be responsible for system acceptance, integration, assembly, test, and delivery to the Canadian Forces. It will also provide training, technical publications, logistical support, and system life-cycle support from its facilities in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec.
Rheinmetall worked with several partners to develop the CASW system, including BAE Systems from the USA, CP Cases Inc. and FELLFAB Limited from Canada, Rheinmetall Weapon Munitions and Heckler & Koch of Germany, and Nammo Raufoss AS and Vinghog AS of Norway.
Rheinmetall Canada will begin delivering CASW systems to the Canadian Forces in March 2011 with the last system delivery expected for June 2012.