Decoy deal

BAE Systems has secured a £24m contract to produce additional Nulka anti-missile decoy rounds for use by navies in Australia, America and Canada.

Under the agreement, BAE will be responsible for the design, development and integration of the Nulka system, with Lockheed Martin and Aerojet acting as sub-contractors for the manufacture of the electronic warfare payload and rocket motor.

Simon Forrest, BAE Systems programme manager, confirmed that the latest annual order would see production extended to 2012.

He said: ‘To date, approximately 860 Nulka rounds have been produced for the Australian, US and Canadian navies. The Nulka system has now been installed on more than 125 surface combat ships, with deployment on further ship classes planned.’

Nulka was originally developed under a joint Australian and American programme and has been designed as a decoy to lure anti-ship missiles away from their target.