Nulka missile decoy program reaches special milestone

Nulka missile decoy program reaches special milestone
HMAS Perth launches the Nulka missile decoy system during the surface-to-air missile exercise

The final Nulka active missile decoy, produced by BAE Systems Australia (BAES Australia), has been delivered to the Commonwealth.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the milestone represents a significant achievement in what has been a highly successful program that has generated defence exports as well.

Nulka is a joint Australian-US development program, which began from an original concept developed in Australia by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation in the early 1970s.

"Nulka is a state-of-the-art autonomous hovering rocket decoy that uses sophisticated electronic signals to ‘seduce’ anti-ship missiles away from their targets," Minister Pyne said.

BAES Australia is the prime contractor responsible for the design, development, integration and support of the Nulka system. Full production under the current contract began in 1999 and has been supported by a broad Australian and US industry supply chain. Final assembly of the decoys was completed at Defence’s Mulwala munitions factory in regional NSW.

"Valued at more than $1 billion, the current contract covered the manufacture of over 1,400 Nulka decoys, spares and support equipment for the United States Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy," Minister Pyne said.

Minister Pyne said acceptance of this final Nulka decoy does not represent the end of the Nulka program nor Australia’s Nulka partnership with the US.

"The long-term relationships established through this highly successful program will continue with the development of the next generation of Nulka ensuring the jobs of around 100 Australians," said Minister Pyne.

"Payload development and testing for the next generation of Nulka decoy to meet emerging threats is underway in conjunction with the United States with testing to date being successful."

A decision on the next generation of the Nulka system is expected in 2018.

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