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Nulka is a defence system that employs a hovering rocket and advanced countermeasures to serve as a decoy to protect naval ships from anti-ship missiles. The Nulka system was designed and developed in Australia and continues to be manufactured in Australia. It is Australia’s most successful defence export. Nulka is a system that has been made possible through the integration of many world leading technologies and innovation, created by generations of talented and world class Australian engineers, scientists and technicians. It has provided opportunity for Australian industry and Australian engineers for more than 3 decades. This lecture will track the Nulka project from the initial concept in 1976, through technology development and testing activities in the 1980s, to full scale design and demonstration, manufacture, and continuing investment to improve the technology. The lecture will present observations on the significant contributions that Nulka has made to Australian science and engineering, the Australian Defence Industry, the National Economy and the protection of naval ships and personnel.
Please note: Lecture will take place from 6.30pm - 7.30pm, allowing questions until 8.00pm. Networking/refreshments will be served until 9.00pm.
Brad Yelland - Director of Engineering and Technology for BAE Systems Australia.Brad has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT University. He commenced his career as graduate Aeronautical Engineer with the Government Aircraft Factories in Melbourne in 1983 where he worked on the HoverRoc Development Project. He subsequently moved to BAE Systems (AWADI) in 1988 as part of the original design team for the Nulka Hovering Rocket. For more than 35 years, he has witnessed the development of Nulka throughout its life from concept to full scale production. In his current position with Bae Systems, he continues to oversee the development and success of the Nulka program. Brad Yelland is a CPEng, Eng Exec and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
Photo: Navy 'Nulka active missile decoy' - http://www.navy.gov.au/weapon/nulka-active-missile-decoy
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