The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has awarded BAE Systems a six-year Nulka Through Life Support (TLS) contract with options for a further 18 years.
The new TLS approach breaks new ground in the way the DMO contracts for sustainment, and is valued at approximately AUD $19 million for the initial six-year period and includes support for both ships and shore facilities.
Nulka is the world’s most effective anti-ship missile defence and BAE Systems is the prime contractor responsible for design, development and integration of the Nulka system.
BAE Systems Chief Executive, David Allott welcomed the signing of the TLS contract and said it was a testament to the success of Nulka and BAE Systems Weapons business.
“The TLS contract is a new way for both the DMO and BAE Systems to deliver the support service for Nulka with the ultimate aim of delivering a robust support structure or this critical ship defence system,” he said.
“Having BAE Systems responsible for both production and support of Nulka presents many benefits for the customer in terms of service delivery as well as achieving savings in accordance with the Strategic Reform Program.”
The TLS contract will be managed by a Nulka Support Team located at several sites including Richmond in Victoria and Mulwala in New South Wales as well as Edinburgh Parks in South Australia.
Late last year the government also awarded BAE Systems a 13th successive contract to produce additional Nulka rounds for delivery to both the RAN and USN. This latest production Option, worth $40m, would see production take place during 2012 and 2013 at Edinburgh Parks and Mulwala and bring the total number of rounds supplied by BAE Systems to more than 1200.
Originally conceived in Australia, and developed under a joint Australian-US program, Nulka provides warships with a highly effective all-weather defence against anti-ship missiles, bringing together hovering rocket, autonomous system and electronic technologies.
Two US sub-contractors, Lockheed Martin and Aerojet, manufacture the electronic warfare payload and the rocket motor respectively.
Nulka is deployed on more than 140 surface combat ships in the US, Canadian and Australian navies and is also Australia's largest and most successful regular defence export, with earnings
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