Canada announced Wednesday that it will purchase missile defense radars modeled after Israel’s Iron Dome system. The radars will be produced by Germany’s Rheinmetall defense contractor.
According to the Canadian Ministry of Defense, the cost for the 10 medium-range radar systems will be CDN $243.3 million (US $187.2 million).
Defense Minister Jason Kenney cited the technology’s track record in Israel in praising the Canadian deal.
“Much like Israel’s successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Range Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian armed forces personnel and help keep them safe during operations,” Kenney said.
The ministry said the new systems would be “capable of detecting hostile indirect fire, locating the position of the enemy weapon and calculating the point of impact of a projectile, as well as simultaneously tracking multiple airborne threats.”
They will be manufactured by Rheinmetall’s Canadian branch and delivered beginning in 2017. Rheinmetall will work alongside ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries.
Also Wednesday, the German-based company announced a four-year contract to provide the Canadian army with new communications and navigation technology, known as the Integrated Soldier System (ISS). According to Rheinmetall, the modular ISS “greatly improves the situational awareness of the individual soldier.”
If the Canadian government approves the qualification phase, the ISS could result in a second contract worth CDN $250 million (US $192.3 million), Rheinmetall Canada said in a statement.