Aerospace to Collaborate with Atlas Elektronik for SeaSpider Anti-Torpedo
Atlas Elektronik and Magellan Aerospace signed a Memorandum of Understanding
on Thursday, May 26, 2016, sealing intent to collaborate on the development
of the rocket motor and warhead sections of the SeaSpider Anti-Torpedo-Torpedo.
SeaSpider is designed to provide hard-kill defence
capability against all torpedo threats for surface vessels and submarines.
Picture: Atlas Elektronik
will combine the best technology and decades of experiences of two worlds
– the expertise of Atlas Elektronik in naval systems like the
SeaHake mod4 heavyweight torpedo and the leading rocket technology of
Magellan Aerospace as chosen by NASA. This pairing will leverage Canadian
and German innovation and technology to develop effective "hard-kill"
torpedo defence with the world's leading Anti-Torpedo-Torpedo.
Magellan Aerospace and Atlas Elektronik Canada will enter the global
market of naval defence with a revolutionary underwater rocket motor
for SeaSpider that will define the world standard and support diversity
in a key Canadian aerospace capability. This industrial effort seeks
to secure and create long-term Canadian employment in the naval defence
Atlas Elektronik Canada, located in Victoria, BC, will build up capability
in project management, research and development and work with Magellan
Aerospace out of their facilities in Winnipeg and Rockwood, MB. Atlas
Elektronik Naval Weapons Division in Wedel, Germany will provide ongoing
With the SeaSpider system at technology readiness level 6 the system
concept as well as the novel underwater rocket propulsion is proven
in multiple firings at sea and the transition to production maturity
through development and qualification can now be achieved in collaboration
across the Atlantic. The common goal is the concurrent certification
for NATO and Allied forces deployment and the establishment of a new
standard in torpedo defence.
SeaSpider is designed to provide hard-kill defence capability against
all torpedo threats for surface vessels and submarines. As the key enabler
for torpedo defence, SeaSpider will be integrated with sonar and acoustic
sensors to counter these underwater warfare threats.
Rick Gerbrecht, President and CEO of Atlas Elektronik Canada Ltd states
"We are pleased to be working with Magellan Aerospace, a proven
supplier of solid rocket propellant systems to NASA where quality and
dependability to operate in harsh conditions is mandatory. The SeaSpider
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 UWW solution to protect ships
"Magellan welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Atlas Elektronik,
a recognized world-leader in naval systems", said Phil Underwood,
President and CEO of Magellan Aerospace. "Magellan has a proven
record of launching globally successful propulsion products, and looks
forward to participating in this new endeavour with Atlas", he