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23 octobre 2015 5 23 /10 /octobre /2015 16:20
Close-in defense systems provide "last chance" ship defense- photo Raytheon

Close-in defense systems provide "last chance" ship defense- photo Raytheon

 

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire

 

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $159.9 million contract to manufacture, inspect and test Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS).

 

Phalanx 1B encompasses the range of actions required to assure success and shape the battlespace for naval, joint, and combined forces. The contract, which provides for a $10 million option in FY15 and another valued at $291 million in FY16, includes support equipment for the Phalanx and SeaRAM Weapon Systems, Block 1B radar upgrades and kits for reliability, maintainability, and availability. The contract also covers overhaul of four Land-based Phalanx Weapon Systems. "Phalanx provides the U.S. Navy's ships with a 'last-chance' defense against anti-ship missiles and littoral warfare threats while SeaRAM extends that inner-layer battlespace," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "Close-in systems give warfighters the ability to automatically carry out functions usually performed by separate systems on other ships." Work under the contract, which was signed in the third quarter of 2015, is expected to be completed by August 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. This contract was announced by the Department of Defense on September, 30, 2015.

 

Close-in Defense Solutions

Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defense systems. More than 890 systems have been built and deployed in navies around the world.

Intended to enlarge Phalanx's keep-out range against evolving anti-ship missiles, rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and other threats, SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense Systems use advanced Phalanx Block 1B sensors and replaces the gun with an 11-round Rolling Airframe Missile guide. SeaRAM is aboard the Independence-class of the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ships.

 

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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8 mai 2014 4 08 /05 /mai /2014 11:50
UK MoD receives additional Babcock Phalanx systems

 

8 May 2014 naval-technology.com

 

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery of four additional Babcock Phalanx 1B kit modifications and two conversions of the land-based Phalanx weapon system, in the upgraded marinised configuration.

 

These systems form part of a contract awarded in 2006 to manage and execute all maintenance support activities, such as a 24/7 helpdesk for the Royal Navy, as well as logistics support for spares and repairable units.

 

Babcock has worked with Phalanx 1B systems' original equipment manufacturer Raytheon to convert the two land-based systems using their own support engineers.

 

Babcock weapons business development manager Martin Laity said: "We are pleased to have been able to deliver this further Phalanx capability upgrade successfully and on time, in partnership with Raytheon and the MoD, to enable the MoD and Royal Navy [to] build up the Phalanx close-in weapon systems (CIWS) capability it needs."

 

As part of an on-going programme in collaboration with Raytheon and the International Guns Missiles and Rockets Project Team, Babcock is also under contract to modernise 16 Phalanx systems to the 1B configuration.

 

Acting as the UK's primary defence for ships against the threat of anti-ship missiles, Phalanx CIWS is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20mm Gatling gun system.

 

Incorporating a side-mounted forward looking infra-red camera (FLIR), the upgraded Phalanx 1B weapon system enables the CIWS to guard the ship against surface targets, while slowing air targets and anti-ship missiles.

 

Furthermore, the 1B configuration also plays a vital role in terms of countering the threat from small surface craft in littoral waters.

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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 08:50
Britain taps Babcock for acquisition of Phalanx 1B kits

 

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI)

 

Babcock is to deliver four Phalanx 1B kit modifications and conduct two conversions of the land Phalanx Weapons System to its original marinized configuration.

 

The work comes under a contract to the U.K. company from Britain's Ministry of Defense. The value of the work, however, was not disclosed.

 

The Phalanx is a close-in, computer-controlled weapon system of 20mm Gatling guns to defend a ship against missile attack. The guns fire 4,500 rounds per minute.

 

The 1B configuration allows for its use against small surface vessels and for crew to visually identify and target threats. It also features forward looking infra-red camera technology to defend the ship against surface targets and slow air targets.

 

Raytheon is the manufacturer of the system, which is used on U.S. and Royal Navy ships. Babcock is the in-service support provider in Britain for the system.

 

Under the new award -- delivered under an amendment to the existing support and upgrade contract -- Babcock will obtain Phalanx 1B systems equipment from Raytheon and covert the two land-based Phalanx weapon systems using their own weapons support engineers.

 

The systems are due to be delivered by March 2014.

 

"We are delighted to be applying our expertise and working with Raytheon to help the MOD and Royal Navy build the Phalanx ... capability it needs," said Babcock Weapons Business Development Manager Martin Laity. "Babcock is already known for our weapon support work for the UK MOD and our expertise in the assembly, test and setting to work of naval weapon systems.

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