first_imgAustralian defence industry to continue to sustain and export cutting edge technology Department of DefenceAustralia’s defence industry will continue to export crucial technology as part of a joint Australian and US program, following the awarding of a $150 million contract to BAE Systems Australia.Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price today announced a five-year contract with BAE Systems for in-service support and round production of the next generation of Nulka decoys and launcher systems.The Nulka system is a rocket-propelled active decoy system launched from a ship that is designed to lure anti-ship missiles away from their intended target.“Nulka is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most significant Defence exports,” Minister Price said.“The joint contract continues the Morrison Government’s investment in the Nulka Program and – crucially – will maintain about 60 jobs in Victoria, 15 in South Australia and 15 in New South Wales.“Nulka is fitted to both Australian and United States Navy warships and forms part of the anti-ship missile capabilities that provide protection to personnel.“This contract will see the next generation of Nulka capability fitted to the Royal Australian Navy’s new platforms, such as the Hunter Class frigates.“The Nulka program provides warships with a highly effective, all-weather defence against anti-ship missiles, utilising cutting-edge hovering rocket, autonomous system and electronic technologies.”The system was first installed on Royal Australia Navy surface ships in the late 1990s and is currently fitted to the Canberra Class LHD, Anzac Class Frigates and Hobart Destroyers.BAE Systems will utilise an extensive supplier network of small-to-medium Australian companies in metropolitan and regional areas to deliver the required systems, giving Australian defence industry the opportunity to be involved in the program. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:army, Australia, Australian, Canberra, Defence, Government, Hobart, Morrison, Morrison Government, navy, New South Wales, price, production, South Australia, technology, U.S., United States, Victorialast_img