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Australian Navy Selects Rheinmetall MASS For Anti-Missile Protection System On Warships

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    Australian Navy Selects Rheinmetall MASS For Anti-Missile Protection System On Warships

    If some of the Indonesian Navy's combatant ships adopt the Terma anti-missile system from Denmark, Indonesia's southern neighbors will also apply similar anti-missile technology. However, the Royal Australian Navy chose a solution from Rheinmetall, Germany, to provide protection for its warship fleet from anti-ship and laser-guided missiles.

    To be precise, Rheinmetall recently announced that it has won its largest contract for protection systems on warships, namely by supplying the Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) for warships of the Australian Navy (RAN). As quoted from a Rheinmetall press release, the Bavarian manufacturer said it would supply MASS for the ANZAC class frigates (10 units) and the Hobart class destroyers (3 units).

    The first systems will be delivered by the end of 2023, with full operational capability achieved in 2027. This is Rheinmetall's largest order for ship protection technology, for which it received a contract of €125 million. Total sales volume is potentially up to Aus$1 billion (approximately €610 million), as the contract includes an option to equip the entire Australian fleet.

    As a condition of procurement, the MASS system ordered by the Royal Australian Navy will be assembled at Rheinmetall Defense Australia for military vehicles. This will generate new possibilities for expanding the supply chain in Australia. 

    MASS offers potential partners in the Australian defense sector the opportunity to work with Rheinmetall and the Royal Australian Navy to build defense capabilities and create employment opportunities within the country.

    The Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) protects surface warships against a wide range of threats from anti-ship missiles and laser-guided weapons – on the high seas, in coastal waters and in rivers. MASS offers unique protection against modern sensor-equipped missiles at all relevant wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, such as ultraviolet, electro-optical, laser, infrared and radar.

    MASS can be installed on ships of any size and is easily integrated into existing ship command and armament systems or operates as a stand-alone system. In the standard version, the MASS system consists of up to six launchers, each of which can fire up to 32 Omni Trap decoy munitions.

    Australia is the 16th country to operate a MASS system. Previously, MASS had been adopted by Germany, Canada, Pakistan, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Peru and South Korea.

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