Rheinmetall receives order from South Korea: MASS naval countermeasures system for LST-II-class ships .
The navy of the Republic of Korea 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 EUR7 million.
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.