Senin, Februari 08, 2010

Nulka approaches 1,000-round milestone

The Nulka defence system will achieve another major milestone in 2010 with the delivery of the 1,000th production round.

Prime contractor BAE Systems has confirmed that the Nulka active missile decoy had now been fitted to more than 130 warships providing each vessel with a highly effective all-weather defence against anti-ship missiles.

The system is the result of more than three decades of collaborative development between Australia and the US, and brings together hovering rocket, autonomous system and electronic technologies to seduce enemy missiles away from their target.

Peter Osbourne, BAE Systems Export Manager, said that although Nulka had been in service with the Royal Australian, US and Canadian navies for more than a decade, it remained the most effective soft-kill system available.

"Nulka was a revolutionary concept when first conceived, and remains a unique technical approach to countering modern anti-ship missiles," Osbourne said.

"The design challenges involved in developing a rocket able to balance on its own thrust were considerable.

"The enduring effectiveness of Nulka against the new generation of faster, more agile anti-ship missiles however, amply demonstrates the value of this approach.

"In oceans around the globe, Australian, US and Canadian Navies rely on BAE Systems Australia's Nulka technology to protect their warships."

The system would also be fitted to Australia's new Air Warfare Destroyers, Osbourne said

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