Pha­lanx close-in weapon sys­tem de­liv­ered to Ade­laide


Akey piece of the com­bat sys­tem for the Ho­bart class air war­fare de­stroy­ers – the Pha­lanx close-in weapon sys­tem (CIWS) – has ar­rived in Ade­laide. The Pha­lanx sys­tem for the fu­ture de­stroy­ers Ho­bart and Bris­bane have been shipped from the United States to the AWD Al­liance, CEO Rod Equid has said.

“The Pha­lanx CIWS in­cludes a fas­tre­ac­tion 20mm Gatling gun that will pro­vide the de­stroy­ers with a line of de­fence against anti-ship mis­siles, lit­toral or close to shore war­fare threats, and air­craft at short range,” Equid said.

“It has the abil­ity to au­to­mat­i­cally carry out func­tions usu­ally per­formed by sep­a­rate sys­tems in­clud­ing tar­get de­tec­tion, eval­u­a­tion, track­ing and en­gage­ment.

“The weapon sys­tem is made up of a ro­tat­ing clus­ter of six bar­rels that fire am­mu­ni­tion at a rate of up to 4,500 rounds per minute, as well as search and track radars, with an in­te­grated elec­tro-op­tic sen­sor.

“The AWD Pha­lanx CIWS, the Mk15 Block 1B, is in­te­grated into the Aegis Weapon Sys­tem and is an up­dated ver- sion of the equip­ment al­ready in use by the Royal Aus­tralian Navy on the Ade­laide Class guided-mis­sile frigates.” The Pha­lanx is lo­cated at the rear of the ship on top of the he­li­copter han­gar, over­look­ing the flight deck.

The Pha­lanx CIWS, built by Raytheon Mis­sile Sys­tems USA, was ac­quired by Raytheon Aus­tralia on be­half of the AWD Al­liance. The $35-mil­lion con­tract in­cludes the man­u­fac­ture and de­liv­ery of the Pha­lanx weapon sys­tem for all three air war­fare de­stroy­ers.

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