SOLDIER SYSTEMS
Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
FRONTLINE
© 2019 FrontLine Defence and Security (Vol 16, No 3)

World-class defence supplier
As an internationally recognized systems integrator, Rheinmetall Canada creates technologically advanced, fully customized solutions for the global defence and security market. The company is part of Germany's Rheinmetall Group, Europe’s foremost supplier of army technology and a longstanding partner of armed forces around the globe.

The Canadian company's first mandate was to manufacture and provide support for the ADATS missile system for the Canadian Armed Forces starting in 1986. “The ADATS had state-of-the-art laser-guided missiles and advanced electro-optics for the time,” says Mr. Stéphane Oehrli, president and CEO of Rheinmetall Canada. “From this early ADATS, which had a very complex system design, we have gained invaluable expertise in several fields,” he explains. Since then, Rheinmetall Canada has become a leading player in the Canadian defence industry, providing a wide range of high quality products and equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Innovations
For starters, the Rheinmetall Argus soldier system is a highly intuitive, smartphone-like interface that is packed with mission-critical capabilities. It acts as a hub that relays real-time information to facilitate seamless cohesion – even in the toughest of environments. Argus is currently in service and deployed with the Canadian Armed Forces.


The Argus ­soldier system was selected as the preferred choice for the Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP) by the Canadian Armed Forces.

Another of Rheinmetall Canada’s technological advancements is the Rheinmetall Command and Control Software. One of this software’s greatest strengths is its, which enhances situational awareness and can expedite the decision-making process using cutting-edge technology.
The Canadian government recently awarded Rheinmetall Canada a major support contract to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with an Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Command and Control Information System.

The Rheinmetall portfolio includes an impressive array of modular remotely controlled weapon stations (RCWS) for military vehicles. Fully digital and stabilized, its Fieldranger RCWS can handle small to medium calibres and grenade launchers. More than a thousand of these weapons stations have been integrated for the Canadian Army, the French Armed Forces, and the Belgian Army, among others.

Delivering the ultimate unmanned battlefield advantage
As unmanned systems become increasingly important to the military, the company has turned its focus to that area for the future.
Today, Rheinmetall Canada is considered the centre of expertise in the field of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV). The flagship product in this field is the Mission Master, a robust Unmanned Ground Vehicle with a unique all-terrain mobility.

With the Mission Master, Rheinmetall developed a unique concept of unmanned multipurpose vehicle. In addition to being useful for reconnaissance and surveillance operations, this UGV can be fitted for tactical overwatch, CBRN detection, MEDEVAC operations, and firefighting missions.

Each version of the Mission Master is already networked to both the Argus soldier system and the Rheinmetall Command and Control Software, and can be installed in any user’s battle management system. In recent months, Rheinmetall Canada has introduced various versions:

  • Mission Master – Cargo is designed to alleviate modern infantrymen’s burden. This robust UGV can shoulder over a half-ton payload of supplies, equipment and materials so troops can remain agile and maintain the operational tempo.
  • Mission Master – Rescue is capable of autono­mously evacuating casualties over long distances. The module features two basket stretchers with sliding provisions, and can carry specialized, high-performance equipment needed for in-field medical intervention. For example, while transporting a wounded soldier using the UGV stretcher, accompanying medics can use the vehicle as a workstation to administer emergency care.
  • Mission Master – Protection minimizes the risk to friendly forces, and substantially boosts the combat power of dismounted troops by providing close fire support. It was demonstrated for the first time at the Ammunition Capabilities Demonstration 2019 in South Africa with the Rheinmetall Fieldranger Multi weapon station and Thales 70 mm rocket launchers in hot shot. The remotely controlled system operated in a fully digitized scenario and fired a salvo of 14 rockets, delivering 60 kg of explosives in 1.6 seconds – considered quite a feat in the land domain. The Protection system can also be mounted with 50 mm weapon systems, .50 cal. machine guns, or 40 mm grenade launchers.


Shown here, the Rheinmetall Mission Master – Protection delivers live firing capability controlled by a single operator using a PDA.

The ability to execute operations promptly and competently is at the heart of the Mission Master strategic development program. The Rheinmetall Canada team continues work on the evolution of its UGV – implementing artificial intelligence elements to increase its autonomous capabilities.

CONTACT INFO

Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
225, boulevard du Séminaire Sud, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu QC, J3B 8E9
Contact: Stéphane Oehrli, President & CEO
Email: [email protected]
Landline: +1-450-542-5999
Web: www.rheinmetall.ca

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