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Magellan and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK partner for SeaSpider project


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The SeaSpider is designed to provide hard-kill defense capability against all torpedo threats.

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and Magellan Aerospace are partnering to develop the rocket motor and warhead sections of the SeaSpider Anti-Torpedo-Torpedo.


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This partnership will bring Canadian and German innovation and technology together to build an effective “hard-kill” torpedo defense with the Anti-Torpedo-Torpedo.

ATLAS ELEXTRONIK brings decades of naval systems development experience to the SeaSpider project. The company has worked on systems like the SeaHake mod4 heavyweight torpedo. Magellan Aerospace brings rocket technology experience, as chosen by NASA.

Magellan Aerospace and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Canada will enter the global market of naval defense with a revolutionary underwater rocket motor for SeaSpider.


This industrial effort seeks to secure and create long-term Canadian employment in the naval defense space.

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.

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 SeaSpider is designed to provide hard-kill defense capability against all torpedo threats for surface vessels and submarines. As the key enabler for torpedo defense, SeaSpider will be integrated with sonar and acoustic sensors to counter these underwater warfare threats.

“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,” says Rick Gerbrecht, President and CEO of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK CANADA Ltd. “The SeaSpider represents an unprecedented resurgence in the excellence in Canadian Anti-Submarine Warfare capability.

“Magellan welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Atlas Elektronik, a recognized world-leader in naval systems,” adds 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.”


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