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pense of a heavier, more complex and
costly launcher installation.

MASS EFFECTS
Threat evolution over the past decade, particularly faster ASCMs, has reinforced the case for trainable launchers
given that they enable the increasingly
precise and timely multiple decoy placement necessary to defeat more advanced
RF, IR and imaging infrared (IIR) seekers, and to counter "streaming" attacks
that involve multiple ASCMs approaching from different vectors. This trend
is increasingly evidenced by recent
sales in the naval soft-kill marketplace,
notably the worldwide success of Rheinmetall's Multi-Ammunition Softkill
System (MASS).
Originally developed by what was
BUCK Technologien - subsequently
brought under the wing of what is
now Rheinmetall Defence - MASS was
conceived in the early 1990s as a compact and highly-automated expendable
countermeasures system, using a lightweight, software-controlled, trainable
launcher, which would deploy standard-

An Omni-Trap round is fired from a MASS decoy launcher. (Rheinmetall)

ized dual-mode decoys so as to provide a
capability to counter both RF and IR/IIR
seekers. The company's objective was to
ensure the accurate positioning of a realistic multi-spectral response at a suitable elevation within the seeker's field
of view. To achieve this, it struck upon a
system solution offering "five degrees of

freedom" with regard to bearing, range,
altitude, number of decoys, and firing
interval between decoys.
Allied to this, the development team
also recognized the requirement for a
compact launcher installation with a low
radar cross section (RCS). This would enable easy installation of single or twin

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Bait in the Trap: Trainable Soft-Kill Systems Proliferate for ASMD
2017 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
SIGINT History
EW 101
AOC News
Index to Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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