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One thousand rounds for Nulka
In a significant project milestone, BAE Systems is celebrating the production of the 1,000th Nulka
active missile decoy round with a commemorative event at the Australian War Memorial,
Canberra, on 20 October.
The Company was recently awarded its 12th successive annual contract to produce additional
rounds for Nulka, the world’s most effective soft-kill anti-ship missile.
BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Jim McDowell said: “This is a truly impressive piece of
engineering — revolutionary when it first appeared on the scene and still unique.
“It’s a system of which my Company is tremendously proud — a missile that stands on its tail
and entices enemy anti-ship missiles away from their targets. It’s now seen as an essential element
of an effective, layered anti-ship missile defence capability.
“Nulka’s success speaks for itself: I can confirm today that Nulka is to be installed aboard the US
Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.
“Already fitted to all other major surface combatants of the navies of the US and Australia —
that’s more than 130 ships — the carriers were alone in not being equipped with this advanced
“These huge ships are significantly larger than any other using the system —which speaks
volumes about its effectiveness.
“Nulka is a truly collaborative effort between government and industry on both sides of the
With a total program value to date of over AUD $900 million, Nulka is Australia’s largest regular
defence export program. Under the latest AUD $40 million contract, BAE Systems Australia will
produce additional rounds for use by the Australian, United States and Canadian navies. APDR
Credit: BAE Systems
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