Atlas Elektronik Canada has agreed to enter into a partnership with Canadian manufacturer Magellan Aerospace to co-develop the rocket motor and warhead sections of the SeaSpider anti-torpedo torpedo (ATT).
Both the companies have also signed a memorandum of understanding, and the collaboration will help to secure long-term Canadian jobs in the naval defence space.
The SeaSpider will be designed and developed for both submarine and surface vessel torpedo defence systems, while providing defensive capability to navies when conducting global missions in the open ocean and in littoral environments.
The system is expected to provide ATT capability for defence against all types of torpedoes that are currently in use.
Under the partnership, Atlas Elektronik Canada will work with Magellan out of their facilities in Winnipeg and Rockwood, while Atlas Elektronik Naval Weapons Division based in Germany will support the development programme.
Atlas Elektronik Canada president and CEO Rick Gerbrecht said: "The SeaSpider ATT represents an unprecedented resurgence in the excellence in Canadian Anti-Submarine Warfare capability.
"We are proud to be part of this effort that will offer the RCN, in time for the construction of the Canadian Surface Combatant, the leading integrated ASW solution to protect ships and sailors."
Currently, the co-development phase has reached technology readiness level 6 and will continue to work to lead the product to a production maturity through the explosive section of the SeaSpider.
Additionally, Atlas Elektronik and Magellan aim to secure concurrent qualification and certification for the SeaSpider ATT for Nato and its allied forces deployment.
Image: Representatives of Atlas Elektronik and Magellan during the signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH.