Deployed on some USN and RAN warships, the NULKA is a rocket propelled, disposable, offboard, active decoy designed to seduce anti-ship missiles away from their targets. It has a unique design in that it hovers in mid air while seducing the incoming anti-ship missile.
The Nulka consists of the missile itself enclosed in a hermetically sealed canister. This canister is then contained in a Launcher module (as fitted to RAN vessels), or an MK47 Launcher (as fitted to USN vessels).
The word "Nulka" is of Australian Aboriginal origin and means "be quick".
British Aerospace Australia. (signs contract with Canadian Navy to produce fire control and launcher elements of its Nulka anti-ship missile decoy system)
Jun 17, 1997; British Aerospace Australia said last week it signed a contract with the Canadian Navy for production of fire control and...