A hovering missile decoy system from BAE Systems Australia has been tested for the first time from an aircraft carrier.
A Nulka missile decoy is launched from a U.S. warship. U.S. Navy photo
ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 22 (UPI) — The Nulka active missile decoy by BAE Systems Australia has been successfully fired from a U.S. aircraft carrier for the first time, the company reports.
Five successful launches took place over three days last month from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean from a U.S. Navy CVN Class aircraft carrier for the first time.
“While Nulka has been used by smaller U.S. naval vessels for years, it had never been fired from a ship as large as an aircraft carrier before,” BAE Systems said.
The Nulka is a rocket-propelled, disposable decoy. It hovers in midair and lures away incoming missiles from their intended targets by radiating a ship-like radar cross section. The decoy was jointly developed by Australia and the United States. Australia developed the hovering rocket while the U.S. developed the electronic payload.
More than 150 U.S., Australian and Canadian warships carry the system, but none as large as a carrier.
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The system is the result of a collaborative development between Australia and the US, and brings together advanced flight vehicle guidance and control techniques, and sophisticated RF electronic technologies. Fully autonomous after launch, the unique flight vehicle design allows the decoy’s flight-path to be maintained with a high degree of precision over a wide range of environmental conditions, resulting in extremely high levels of mission effectiveness against modern anti-ship missiles.
BAE Systems Australia is prime contractor and System Design Agent. Nulka is Australia’s largest regular defence export program and pre-planned product improvement activities are ongoing to enhance the performance of the system.
Benefit to customer: The customer benefits by having sustainment, repair, resupply and capability upgrade support across the Navy fleets for the ongoing availability of the Nulka system. (baesystems.com)
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