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US Carriers to get new cruise missile protection aka The Nulka Decoy

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posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 04:49 PM
Last weeks AWST had an article about the Australians and the US opening up thier Nulka system to others. So far its only been deployed on US, AUs, and Canadian ships. The system fires a hovering rocket which send out a radar signature of ship size. It attracts the missile and leads it away from the ship it is protecting.

It was previously designed to protect ships of cruiser sive or smaller. However it seems the USN has been testing it against carrier sized objects with a test on the USS Lincoln back in 2006. Results have not been relased but the test program continued. It is now beleived that carriers can be protected as well.

cue the claims about invincible ASM's and the end of the carrier era

The Decoy Launching System (DLS) Mk 53 (NULKA) is a rapid response Active Expendable Decoy (AED) System capable of providing highly effective defense for ships of cruiser size and below against modern radar homing anti-ship missiles. Nulka is being developed in cooperation with Australia (in the Australian Aboriginal dialect, "Nulka" means "be quick!"). It is intended to counter a wide spectrum of present and future radar-guided anti-ship missiles (ASMs) assessed to have passive decoy rejection and active angular deflection electronic countermeasures rejection capabilities. It is designed to over-come the inherent shortfalls of chaff, which are wind dependence, lack of placement flexibility, relatively slow reaction time, and susceptibility to Doppler discrimination.
The system can either be integrated with the Combat System or used with the stand-alone AED Fire Control System. The DLS MK 53 Mod 4 is a modified DLS MK 36 Mod 12 by the addition of two NULKA launching tubes to each of the four MK 137 Mod 2 launchers and a Decoy Launch Processor.

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 12:23 PM
reply to post by FredT

That's damn good news. Love the solution. Simple yet effective.

I wonder what success rate NULKA receives against ASMs. Here's a video showing a NULKA in flight:

NULKA Hovering Rocket Launch

(Sorry, not sure why I can't embed a YouTube video. The website keeps adding a "\" at the end which makes the video unplayable.)

Anyways, the video is cool.

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 10:00 PM
Does it come in the form of hypervelocity rail guns?

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