Celebrating our achievements - Aiming for the future
Rheinmetall Canada (the former Oerlikon Aerospace) was formed in April 1986 as the Canadian home for Oerlikon's business in North America. The company's first mandate was to manufacture and provide support for the Air Defence Anti-Tank System (ADATS) missile system for the Canadian Forces Low-Level Air Defence (LLAD) program, a program which was retired on 31 March 2011.
We are proud to have built and sustained this sophisticated weapon system here in Canada. This "ADATS experience" was a defining period during the company's evolution as we developed a unique blend of state-of-the-art services in systems, subsystems, software, and logistics engineering. It laid the foundation to expand into new markets, such as battle management, land defence, and homeland security.
History at a glance
The early years
Creation of Oerlikon Aerospace Inc.
Contract award - Canadian Forces ADATS.
Contract award - United States Army for Forward Area Air Defence System.
Completion period of the ADATS contract; start of the system engineering support repair and overhaul contract.
Acquisition by Rheinmetall AG.
Use of ADATS experience and technology to penetrate new niche markets.
Creation of Oerlikon Transtec Inc.
Opening of Ottawa office.
Name changed to Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
Start of collaborative activities with the Rheinmetall Defence Group.
Contract for the MASS Multi Ammunition Softkill System for the Halifax Class Shield Replacement Program.
Integration within Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH, Germany.
Procurement of the 40 mm Close Area Suppression Weapon (CASW), the army’s digitized 40 mm grenade launcher.
25th anniversary of Rheinmetall Canada.
Decommissioning of the ADATS by the Canadian Army.
Integration into Rheinmetall's division Combat Systems.
Delivery of the first Leopard vehicle and official acceptance by the government of Canada.
Signature of the TAPV contract with Textron Systems Canada Inc.
Contract for the satellite on the move (SOTM) communication system for the Candian Land Command Support System Life Extension (LCSS LE) programme.
Orders for the medium-range radar and an integrated soldier system to supply to the Canadian Armed Forces.