Australien — Aussie jobs shored up under Nulka contract

About 130 Aus­tralian Defence indus­try jobs will be shored up under a new ship decoy con­tract award­ed to BAE Sys­tems, the Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel and Sci­ence Greg Com­bet said today.

The com­pa­ny has been award­ed its 12th con­sec­u­tive con­tract for the Nul­ka decoy, guar­an­tee­ing pro­duc­tion and Defence indus­try jobs around the coun­try until at least 2013. 

BAE-Sys­tems made Nul­ka decoys have been fit­ted to 12 ships across the Roy­al Aus­tralia Navy, pro­tect­ing ships such as the Ade­laide Class guid­ed mis­sile frigates and the Anzac-class frigates. 

Australia’s Air War­fare Destroy­er will also be pro­tect­ed by the Nul­ka Active Mis­sile Decoy System. 

Mr Com­bet said that the new con­tract was good news for local Defence indus­try, for local jobs and for Australia’s ser­vice­men and women serv­ing in the Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy. 

“The Nul­ka decoy project is Australia’s largest reg­u­lar Defence export and one of our most suc­cess­ful elec­tron­ic war­fare projects,” Mr Com­bet said. 

“The project has gen­er­at­ed export earn­ings of more than $500 mil­lion and employs approx­i­mate­ly 130 Aus­tralians across a num­ber of states, includ­ing Vic­to­ria, NSW and South Australia. 

“It has helped keep thou­sands of our ser­vice­men and women safe both here and abroad and sup­port­ed local Defence indus­try and jobs in Australia. 

“It is also a clear demon­stra­tion that our local Defence indus­try can com­pete against the best in the world and win.” 

Nul­ka has now been in con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion for 12 years. It is cur­rent­ly in oper­a­tional use in 135 ships, and is planned to be fit­ted to more than 160 ships across the Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy, Unit­ed States Navy and the Cana­di­an Navy. 

BAE Sys­tems sup­ports Nul­ka from facil­i­ties in Rich­mond, Vic­to­ria, Mul­wala, NSW and Edin­burgh Parks, South Australia. 

Media con­tacts:
Tim Fitzsim­mons (Greg Com­bet): 0447 202 469
Defence Media Liai­son: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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