Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) naval countermeasure system on show at AAD 2012 2209121

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AAD 2012
Africa Aerospace & Defence
Exhibition
19 - 23 September 2012
Pretoria, South Africa
 
Rheinmetall MASS at AAD 2012
 
 
Saturday, September 22, 2012, 11:38 AM
 
Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) naval countermeasure system on show at AAD 2012
Rheinmetall has specialized for many years in developing and producing high-quality components and innovative systems for protecting people, vehicles, aircraft, ships and installations and offers a wide range of high-effective active and passive protection solutions coupled with soft-kill systems. Visitors to the AAD 2012 can view the company’s Multi Ammunition Softkill System and the Rapid Obscurant System.

Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS)


Guided missiles and other projectiles pose a constant threat to civilian shipping and naval vessels alike. Rheinmetall’s MASS naval countermeasure system protects ships from attacks with modern, sensor-guided anti-ship missiles on the high seas and littoral zones as well as from asymmetric, terrorist-type threats by firing decoy rounds which diverts incoming missiles from their intended target.

The system has proven highly effective in various international trials. The MASS’ innovative, programmable omnispectral rounds – 32 per launcher – assure protection in all relevant wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum (radar, infrared, laser, electro-optic, ultraviolet).
     
Rheinmetall has specialized for many years in developing and producing high-quality components and innovative systems for protecting people, vehicles, aircraft, ships and installations and offers a wide range of high-effective active and passive protection solutions coupled with soft-kill systems. Visitors to the AAD 2012 can view the company’s Multi Ammunition Softkill System and the Rapid Obscurant System.
Rheinmetall MASS at AAD 2012
     

MASS can be installed on board any type of ship, and operate either in standalone mode or as an integral part of the ship’s networked C4I and weapon engagement systems. Moreover, MASS offers a whole host of tactical, operational and logistical advantages, and is specifically designed to meet the changing requirements of modern navies, with abundant scope for future technological growth.

The procurement statistics bear this out. Since its market launch in 2002, eleven nations have contracted a total of 186 MASS launcher systems for no fewer than 22 different types of vessels. The system is thus ideally suited for the combat performance upgrade of South Africa’s Valour-class corvettes, slated to get underway in 2013 with its first of class SAS Amatola.

 

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