Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall and IAI/ELTA Successfully Test MASS and NavGuard Ship Protection Systems

Date: Issue 53 - May 2014 Update: May 21, 2014

The Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall and the Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) ELTA Group have successfully tested the MASS and NavGuard ship protection systems. The trials took place under the aegis of the German Navy in Howachter Bay in the Baltic at the end of October 2013. Also taking part in the trials was 2 Company, 92 Mechanized Infantry Battalion, a German Army unit based in Munster. 

The trials were based on an asymmetric warfare scenario. The objective was to protect naval units from the threat posed by land-based forces armed with passive guided missiles. As part of their gunnery training, the mechanized infantrymen played the part of the aggressors. Operating in Todendorf Major Training Area, they fired MILAN antitank missiles at the German Navy mine warfare ship HL 352 Auerbach in Hohwachter Bay.