Royal New Zealand Navy HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) Firing Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS)
Launching decoys to distract and confuse inbound sensor-guided missiles, is a key instrument in a frigate’s counter-measures armoury. Throughout Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) HMNZS Te Kaha’s transit from Australia, the crew performed a collection of trials and had the chance to check their Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) system. The crew have grow to be very conversant in the newly put in radars, digital detection, torpedo detection and decoys, self-defence missile system, hull-mounted sonar improve and the fight administration system that integrates all of them.
HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) is one among ten Anzac-class frigates, and one among two serving within the Royal New Zealand Navy . The identify Te Kaha is M?ori, that means ‘combating prowess’ or ‘power’. In March 2018, Te Kaha arrived in Victoria, British Columbia to bear a serious improve of her fight administration system to the Lockheed Martin CMS 330, in addition to seeing the substitute of the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow with the brand new Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile. The improve is predicted to price NZD639 million. In September 2020, the refit of Te Kaha was reportedly full and the ship started post-upgrade sea trials in preparation for a return to lively service.
The frigate is now fitted with the Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) as a part of the intensive Frigate Improve Programme they’ve undertaken in Canada. Whereas she has completed the upgrades she has not accomplished her upkeep routine. This improve to frigate’s surveillance, countermeasures and fight capabilities has future-proofed Anzac-class frigates into the 2030’s and made them akin to the Australian, Canadian and UK frigates. After being away on deployment for the previous 10 weeks, Te Kaha and her crew are actually again alongside at Devonport and taking a well-earned break earlier than a busy 2022.
Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) is a naval self-defence system produced by Rheinmetall of Germany. The automated decoy system MASS offers a novel degree of safety in opposition to trendy sensor-guided missiles. It’s related to the ship’s sensors and protects ships from assaults by superior sensor-guided missiles by launching decoys that function in all related wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum: ultraviolet, electro-optical, laser, infrared and radar. MASS could be both plugged into the command and management module of a naval vessel, or function autonomously.
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