Canada said Wednesday it will purchase missile defense radars modeled after Israel’s Iron Dome system from German defense contractor Rheinmetall.
The Canadian Ministry of National Defence put the cost of the 10 medium-range radar systems at CAN $243.3 million (US $187.2 million).
Defence Minister Jason Kenney hailed the deal, saying the technology had proved useful for Israel.
“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 radar systems are “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
They will be manufactured by Rheinmetall’s Canadian branch, which will work alongside ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries.