Wednesday, 20 August 2014

New Zealand orders decoy system for its frigates

Deck-mounted decoy systems for defense against RF-seeking missiles have been ordered for the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Decoy systems for protection against RF-seeking missiles are to be procured by the Royal New Zealand Navy from Airborne Systems Europe.
The systems, Airborne's FDS3 corner reflector decoys, will be fitted onto the service's ANZAC-class frigates over a three-year period.
The contract from the New Zealand Ministry of Defense for the FDS3 is valued at more than $5.6 million.
"This NZ MOD contract follows on from the success of the $41.7 million U.S. Navy contract in 2013," said Chris Rowe, president of Airborne Systems Europe. "In addition to providing protection for the forces of our allies, it sustains high-quality jobs in the UK, and more particularly in South Wales."
The decoy system is comprised of a deck-mounted launch tube loaded with a decoy that inflates alongside the ship's hull and then free floats past the vessel's stern. Each decoy has a passive array of radar reflectors.
The number of systems to be delivered by Airborne Systems Europe was not disclosed.

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