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Australian navy strengthens ship defences and sensors in face of new threats

8th May 2023 - 18:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The MASS defensive decoy system will be installed on Australian frigates and destroyers. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

With new threats looming, Australia is improving its ship defences against missiles, as well as boosting its submarine detection capacity.

Australia announced on 5 May that it was procuring the Multi-Ammunition Soft-Kill System (MASS) from Rheinmetall Defence Australia, while a day earlier the US government announced approval to sell a passive towed-array sensor to Australia.

MASS will be installed on ANZAC-class frigates and Hobart-class destroyers of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The A$180 million ($121.6 million) contract, to be implemented over a five-year period, will enhance these vessels’ ability to defend themselves against anti-ship missiles. The equipment will be assembled at Rheinmetall’s facility in Brisbane, creating up to 45 new jobs.

Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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