receives order from South Korea: MASS naval countermeasures system for
ROK Navy is procuring Rheinmetall’s MASS, the Düsseldorf-based
company’s state-of-the-art decoy system for frigates, corvettes,
minesweepers and patrol boats, for installation on its new Landing Ship,
Tank vessels (LST-II). The South Korean Defence Acquisition Programme
Administration (DAPA) contracted with Samsung-Thales Co. Ltd. of Seoul
to equip the ships. The basis for this is a license agreement between
Rheinmetall and Samsung-Thales. Total order volume comes to around €7
Rheinmetall MASS – Multi Ammunition Softkill System
As a pilot project, four LST-II-class ships will
be equipped with two MASS launchers each. This trainable decoy system
is poised to become standard equipment throughout the ROK Navy.
Since the product’s launch in 2002, Rheinmetall has booked orders
for MASS from the navies of 11 nations – a total of 186 launchers
for 22 different classes of vessels.
ROK Navy LST-II Project
Superior protection with MASS – Multi
Ammunition Softkill System
Guided missiles and other projectiles pose a constant threat to civilian
shipping and naval vessels alike. MASS protects ships from attacks using
advanced, sensor-guided missiles on the high seas and coastal waters
as well as from asymmetric, terrorist-type threats. MASS fires decoy
rounds which lure incoming missiles away from their intended target.
Fully automatic, the MASS naval countermeasure system
offers significant tactical, operational and logistical advantages and
can be installed on board any vessel. Moreover, it can be integrated
into any command and control system or operated in standalone mode.
The MASS system’s innovative, programmable omnispectral rounds
assure protection in all relevant wavelengths of the electromagnetic
spectrum (radar, infrared, laser, EO, UV). The system has proven highly
effective in various international trials, and is ideally suited to
navies with global responsibilities.