Department of Defence launches book on Australian-designed anti-ship missiles


Australia’s Department of Defence has launched Nulka: A Compelling Story, a book which covered the story of a hovering rocket which has significantly contributed to Naval ship protection.

Image credit: flickr user wuestenigel
Image credit: flickr user wuestenigel

Nulka: A Compelling Story was written jointly by Dr. David Gambling, former Chief of Defence Science and Technology Organisation’s Electronic Warfare Division, Don Northam of the US Naval Research Laboratory, and Mal Crozier from BAE Systems Australia.

DSTO is the Australian government’s lead agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend the country and its national interests. The agency delivers expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and other elements of national security.

According to a news release, Nulka was a brainchild of the DSTO and was built under an Australian-US collaboration program.

The rocket was designed to lead anti-ship missiles away from their targets.

“Nulka was the first joint project in the electronic warfare domain between Australia and the US and has since developed into a collaborative program of great success and value to both our countries,” said Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert MP who led the launch.

Nulka is considered Australia’s largest regular Defence export valued at over $40m AUD per annum. The system is produced by BAE Systems Australia, which also handles its support, and is deployed on 160 Australia, US and Canadian warships.

BAE has delivered over 1,200 rounds of the weapon to the Royal Australian Navy and United States Navy.

Minister Robert acknowledged the work of scientists, engineers, technicians and industry partners who contributed to the development and manufacturing of the Nulka system, allowing the idea to reach an effective capability.

“Every individual, no matter their origin or role, who worked on the Nulka project throughout the years should be exceptionally proud of their achievements, which are faithfully captured in this book,” he said.

A PDF copy of Nulka: A Compelling Story is available for download here.