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Defence bolsters Nulka program

BAE Systems Australia is set to expand its Nulka program, after securing a new five-year contract from Defence.

BAE Systems Australia is set to expand its Nulka program, after securing a new five-year contract from Defence.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has announced the award of a new five-year, $150 million contract to BAE Systems Australia for in-service support and round production of Nulka decoys and launcher systems.

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The Nulka program — a collaboration between Australia and the US —aims to deliver rocket-propelled active decoy system launched from a ship, designed to lure anti-ship missiles away from their intended target.

The system — first installed in the 1990s — is fitted to 140 warships of the Australian, US, and Canadian navies, including the Canberra Class LHD, Anzac Class frigates and Hobart Class destroyers.

Nulka is also expected to be installed on the Royal Australian Navy’s next-generation platforms, including the Hunter Class frigates.

BAE Systems has committed to leveraging its local supplier network of Australian SMEs in both metropolitan and regional locations to deliver the required systems, helping to increase export opportunities for local industry.

“Nulka is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most significant Defence exports,” Minister Price said.

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“The joint contract continues the Morrison government’s investment in the Nulka Program and – crucially – will maintain about 60 jobs in Victoria, 15 in South Australia and 15 in New South Wales.

Minister Price added: “The Nulka program provides warships with a highly effective, all-weather defence against anti-ship missiles, utilising cutting-edge hovering rocket, autonomous system and electronic technologies.”

BAE Systems Australia managing director, defence delivery Andrew Gresham said the extended Nulka contract would ensure Navy warships have the latest anti-ship missile technology. 

“This contract will enable Australia to secure and strengthen its position as the world leader in the evolution of technologies at the heart of Nulka," Gresham said. 

“As a long-term partner of the Commonwealth in this program, the new contract underpins our shared aspirations for the future development of this sovereign capability.”

[Related: BAE Systems to begin electronic warfare integration for F-15s]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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