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Raytheon has suc­cess­fully tested a new elec­tric gun for the Phalanx close-in weapon sys­tem for the first time. The new elec­tric gun de­sign is in­tended to re­place Phalanx’s pneu­matic mo­tor, com­pres­sor and stor­age tanks, re­duc­ing the sys­tem’s weight by 180 lb. This up­grade to Phalanx al­lows sol­diers and sailors to fire at vary­ing rates, us­ing less am­mu­ni­tion. Live-fir­ing was con­ducted to en­sure the elec­tric gun can op­er­ate de­spite the heavy vi­bra­tions that oc­cur when Phalanx is fired. This Raytheon-funded test is part of a se­ries of ‘tech re­fresh’ projects for Phalanx, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

Phalanx is a rapid-fire, com­puter-con­trolled radar and 20mm gun sys­tem that is said to au­to­mat­i­cally ac­quire, track and de­stroy anti-ship mis­siles and other close-in air and sur­face threats. The land-based Phalanx weapon sys­tem forms a part of the US Army’s counter-rocket, ar­tillery and mor­tar sys­tems that are used to de­tect and de­stroy in­com­ing rounds in the air be­fore they hit their ground tar­gets. Radar-guided gun sys­tems also helps pro­vide early warn­ing of at­tacks, Raytheon stated. The Block 1B ver­sion of the sys­tem adds con­trol sta­tions that al­low op­er­a­tors to vis­ually track and iden­tify tar­gets be­fore en­gage­ment, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany. More than 890 sys­tems have been built and de­ployed in navies world­wide.

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