Rheinmetall has secured a follow-on contract to upgrade the multi ammunition softkill system (MASS) countermeasure technologies installed on-board the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Halifax-class frigates.

The MASS automated decoy system is designed to protect surface combatants from a variety of modern and advanced anti-ship missiles.

The deal is valued at approximately C$20m (€12m) and is expected to continue for four years through to 2022.

Work under the project will be carried out on a joint basis by Rheinmetall’s Fronau plant in Bavaria and Québec-based Rheinmetall Canada.

"The systems are designed to counter threat from anti-ship missiles and can be installed on-board all types of surface combatants."

The company will upgrade the twin-launcher MASS systems into triple-launcher variants under the arrangement.

The sub-assemblies and individual parts for the MASS systems will be transported to Rheinmetall Canada, where they will be assembled and commissioned before being installed on-board the vessels.

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Rheinmetall received the original contract to equip 12 of the RCN’s Halifax-class frigates with MASS capabilities in 2009.

The Canadian forces also ordered the accompanying Omnitrap and MASS-Dueras decoy ammunition equipment as part of the same order.

Rheinmetall’s countermeasure systems and the related special ammunition are developed at the company’s Fronau manufacturing plant.

The systems are designed to counter threat from anti-ship missiles and can be installed on-board all types of surface combatants.

The solutions can either be integrated into existing command and weapon engagement systems or operated as a standalone solution.

MASS is capable of quickly detecting a missile threat, radar and laser target markers or a laser rangefinder measurement.

The system can then take the necessary actions to neutralise the threat automatically.