Australia upgrading Nulka missile decoy with AU$200m boost

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The Australian government announced AU$200 million in funding for upgrades to the Australian-developed Nulka anti-ship missile decoy in use by the Australian and ally navies.

Nulka is a rocket propelled active missile decoy designed to entice hostile radio frequency guided anti-ship missiles away from a ship.

Upgrades will include a new launch system and supporting technology to enhance Nulka’s effectiveness.

The program will also include installation of new launch systems on the Anzac frigates which are being upgraded at Henderson as part of the AUD $2 billion, six-year Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program.

Nulka was devised by Australian defense scientists and developed in Australia by BAE Systems.

The Nulka program is one of our Australia’s largest and most successful defense exports generating approximately $50 million a year in export revenue. The upgrading of the launcher is expected to generate further export opportunities for Australian defense industry.

The investment of $207 million to upgrade the Nulka system will occur over the next 20 years.

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