Rheinmetall recently signed a licence agreement with the Canadian government, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems–Canada to produce Omnitrap decoy ammunition for the Canadian Navy.
Signed at the recent CANSEC show in May 2016, the contract is worth a mid-range eight-figure euro amount with thirty-year agreement term.
Rheinmetall will provide technical assistance in setting up the assembly line at the General Dynamics facility in Repentigny, QC, where final assembly will take place.
In 2009, Rheinmetall won a contract to outfit twelve Canadian Halifax-class frigates with MASS, the Multi Ammunition Softkill System. The automated decoy system offers a unique level of 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. MASS is already in service with the navies of 13 nations. Most Canadian frigates have been equipped with MASS systems along with a basic load of Omnitrap and MASS Dueras decoy ammunition.
In 2015, the Canadian government placed an order for 2,450 Omnitrap decoy rounds with Rheinmetall and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems–Canada.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems–Canada manufactures Rheinmetall 40mm LV and HV rounds under licence as well as parachute illumination rockets for the Canadian Forces.