Shalom Life | September 23, 2015

The Canadian Army is Acquiring Israel's Iron Dome Technology

Israeli government subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd. to bring new sensor capabilities to the Canadian Armed Forces

By: Shalom Life Staff

Published: July 29th, 2015 in Business » World

The Canadian Army is Acquiring Israel's Iron Dome Technology

Earlier this week, Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney unveiled a plan in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec to acquire Medium Range Radar for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The radar system will use cutting edge technology from Israel's successful Iron Dome air defense system - which defends the country from incoming rocket fire from Hamas and other terrorist groups.

The move represents yet another example of significant transfer of Israeli defence technology to Canada.

“Much like Israel’s successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Ranger Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian Armed Forces personnel and help keep them safe during operations," says Kenney. "We’re moving forward with providing the men and women of the military with the equipment they need to do their jobs in the service of their country.”

The technology will provide the Canadian Armed Forces with the capability to quickly and accurately locate enemy forces weapons, as well as provide advanced aerial surveillance capability.

Rheinmetall Canada Inc. won contracts to produce 10 Medium Range Radar systems and provide the associated in-service support, with a combined potential value of up to $243.3 million. Working alongside Rheinmetall is subcontractor ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. ELTA Systems Ltd will deliver this radar technology to provide the CAF the ability to locate hostile weapons in concert with other acoustic and radar sensors Canada already possesses. These radar systems could save lives and assist and help achieve mission success.

These radar systems, capable of detecting hostile indirect fire, locating the position of the enemy weapon, and calculating the point of impact of a projectile, are expected to be delivered beginning in 2017.

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