MARSS and Federal Fleet Services have recently announced their collaboration to install the complete NiDAR integrated Hybrid Intelligence surveillance, command and control (C2), and counter-unmanned aircraft systems (CUAS) suite on Asterix. Asterix is a Combat Support Ship that is utilized by the Royal Canadian Navy and operated by Federal Fleet Services. This installation is scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2023.

MARSS, a defense technology company based in the UK, has been operating since 2005 and is dedicated to safeguarding the lives of millions of individuals through its advanced surveillance platform called NiDAR. This platform, powered by MARSS’ unique Hybrid Intelligence methodology, combines a range of sensors to create a precise and swift method for identifying, categorizing, and mitigating potential threats. The multi-domain surveillance and Counter Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (CUAS) system offered by MARSS is well-suited for applications both on land and offshore.

MARSS is also pleased to announce the setup of MARSS Canada to offer its products to the Canadian Forces and private sector throughout Canada.

MARSS will offer the installation of its full suite of end-to-end CUAS products, while end-users can also opt to take advantage of MARSS’ ability to fuse with legacy sensors and instrumentation to bring all data and surveillance systems into a single tactical picture.

MARSS’s automated CUAS systems are already widely used across Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

MARSS’ CEO and founder, Johannes Pinl, said, “As threats to civilian and military infrastructure evolve at a rapid pace, particularly from UAS, Canadian users will benefit from the availability of this new breed of surveillance systems.”

Pinl continued, “our NiDAR platform provides 360-degree automated monitoring and alerts in real time, leveraging our world-leading Hybrid Intelligence technology to provide a unified situational awareness picture and countermeasures. Many of the sensors we use in our global systems are made-in-Canada so it was only natural to further develop our operations in Canada.”

He added, “We’re delighted to now be able to offer tailored solutions with local support in Canada and the potential for further development for Canadian applications.”

MARSS NiDAR system
MARSS NiDAR system (CNW Group/MARSS)


John Schmidt, CEO of Federal Fleet Services commented, “in today’s world, UAS present a real threat to both commercial and military vessels as well as static and mobile land-based infrastructure. After extensive research into this field, it was clear that the NiDAR system goes beyond just counter-UAS and provides an invaluable tool for a wide range of applications from subsea detection to search and rescue. Investing in and installing the NiDAR C2 system and the various sensors on Asterix adds to the wide range of military systems already present onboard and further enhances our service to the Royal Canadian Navy.”

“This system is being used in active theater throughout several of the world’s most troubled hotspots to an almost unbelievably high degree of accuracy – we look forward to benefiting from the effectiveness and class-leading technology of the NiDAR system.”

Alex Vicefield, CEO of Inocea, the parent company of Federal Fleet Services added, “This multi-million dollar investment involves the acquisition of a variety of systems, hardware, deterrents and countermeasures and will further enhance the operational capabilities of CSS Asterix. Our continued and voluntary investment to keep Asterix at the cutting-edge of naval technology is testament to our dedication to maintaining the Royal Canadian Navy’s warfighting capabilities in these uncertain times.”

(Press Release)

Post Image- Combat Support Ship Asterix during Operation Savanne in Sudan in April / May 2023 replenishing USS Truxton while in consort with HMCS Montreal. During the operation, CSS Asterix supported international evacuation efforts including vital support, replenishment and command and control operations for Canadian, UK, US, French and Spanish forces. (Image Credit- CNW Group/MARSS)

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