BAE Systems Australia has signed contract for next-gen Nulka

According to a press release published by BAE Systems Australia on March 16, 2021, the firm has signed an AU$150 million contract for the continued development, procurement and sustainment of the Nulka system, which will strengthen Australia’s sovereign technical expertise and the skills base that supports it.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Nulka active missile decoy (Picture source: BAE Systems )

A world leading sovereign defence capability, Nulka uses a rocket-propelled active missile decoy system to lure incoming missiles away from ships, to protect them and their crews.

It is deployed on more than 140 surface combat ships in the US, Australian and Canadian navies and is the nation’s largest and most successful regular defence export.

The new, five year contract is the culmination of decades of collaboration between the Commonwealth of Australia, BAE Systems Australia and Australian industry partners.

It brings together the continued development, acquisition and sustainment of the Nulka system into one contract with the Australian Government, as well as international customers in the US.

The new Nulka contract will sustain roles on the program across three states and provide for the efficient acquisition, sustainment and development of the Nulka system.

Nulka relies on a strong Australian supply chain and supports high-tech manufacturing in regional centres through the involvement of suppliers, including Milspec Engineering & Thales Australia.