Announcement

More Phalanx systems for Royal Navy

The Royal Navy is to receive a further five highly-advanced, radar-controlled defence systems to protect Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships.

The Phalanx Close-In Weapon System, a rapid-fire, radar and electro-optical guided gun, is designed to defeat anti-ship missiles and a range of surface threats.

It features a 20mm gun capable of firing armour-piercing bullets at up to 4,500 rounds per minute.

The Ministry of Defence has ordered the upgraded Phalanx 1B systems, which are planned to be fitted onto RFA vessels, under a £40m contract with Raytheon.

Steve Ranyard, Team Leader for the MOD’s International Guns, Missiles and Rockets Project Team, said:

This contract will help provide these Royal Navy vessels with the best possible ship self-defence 24-hours-a-day.

The Phalanx system can defend against all types of air and surface threats in the naval environment and has proved to be a reliable system on other Royal Navy ships.

Phalanx is an all-weather, day-and-night, fully automatic, self-contained weapon system that targets and engages threats under the operation of a trained Royal Navy Phalanx operator.

Phalanx 1B boasts even greater targeting ability, with an additional electro-optic infrared sensor and redesigned gun barrels.

In addition to the capability to destroy anti-ship missiles and fast jets, it can defend the ship against other threats such as helicopters and high-speed groups of gun boats.

The Phalanx system is currently installed on 14 Royal Navy vessels including the latest Type 45 destroyers.

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