This video of the Phalanx sustem in operation is impressive. My recollection is that it used an APDS 20mm projectile. Any current info on the ammunition likely used in the system today? I don’t recall the old system used tracers.
The Raytheon Phalanx system around for a long time, particularly in the US Navy. I have not kept up with it. The following Video is pretty impressive.
The narrative below came with the video. I have no idea how accurate it is but I suspect it isn’t very accurate. From what I looked up today I can’t find any evidence that there is a .50 version of the system. It looks like “Iron Dome” is a separate system using missiles, but complementary to Phalanx and Raytheon is teaming with Iron Dome. I could have this screwed up. Perhaps someone has more current info. Still the video is impressive, however!!!.
When I found this video on the internet (I original had a copy by email) I notice the attached comment:
Nice CGI. (CGI is Computer Generated Imagery!)
I agree. CGI. To many of the things in this video appear to be computer generated, CGI. Flames of explosions on the ground, fake and all look exactly the same. Also, not that impressive when you see how many of the targets are actually making it to shore.
Can’t trust much you find on the internet.
Israeli Phalanx Close-in air defense system (by Raytheon) engaging incoming missiles.
This is part of Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system. There appear to be at least two high speed guns out of view of the camera, maybe more. At least 50cal. or maybe 20mm for the range they are shooting. The white can in the foreground appears to be for close-in fire, in the event the longer range guns do not do the job. All this is radar/computer controlled, no human action except to turn it on. What we are seeing are real shoot-downs, rockets launched probably from Lebanon aimed at Tel Aviv or other populated targets. This is cutting-edge American technology.
The Military Continues with Raytheon Phalanx Weapon System
January 24, 2019
Raytheon Co. Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $205,205,445 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide the land-based Phalanx weapon system to the U.S. Army. According to the company, the system is meant to counter rocket, artillery and mortar system and other close-in threats, with a rapid-fire, computer-controlled, radar-guided gun. The Phalanx also can provide early warning of attacks. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of December 27, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-19-D-0015). Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.
In a separate award, from the U.S. Navy, Raytheon will provide design agent engineering and technical support services for the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), SeaRAM, and Land-based Phalanx Weapon System, under a $81,311,942 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to exercise an option under a previously-awarded contract. For that contract, the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.