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Rheinmetall celebrates 300 delivered MASS systems

30th April 2021 - 15:33 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The automatic decoy system MASS. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

Rheinmetall is celebrating the 300th delivery of its MASS naval countermeasures system.

Rheinmetall has crossed a benchmark in the field of maritime protection systems. The company has delivered 300 Multi Ammunition Softkill Systems (MASS). The 300th delivery was for the Finnish Navy.

MASS was launch onto the market in 2002 and is today in service with no fewer than 14 user nations.

Rheinmetall’s MASS family of ship protection systems is suitable for use by blue, green and brown water navies. It offers protection to vessels against a wide range of threats, in the open ocean, littoral and river environments.

The MASS decoy system is fully automated and offers protection against modern, sensor-guided missiles, covering all relevant wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum.

MASS can be installed on any type of vessel and can be integrated into an existing combat management system or operate as a standalone system.

The majority of MASS consists of between one and six trainable launchers. Each launcher can fire 32 Omni Trap special effect charges and comes with a control unit and a data interface.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, the countermeasures initiated by the system generate a decoy target, which the incoming missile interprets to be a higher-value asset, causing the projectile to stray off course. 

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