Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia's Air Warfare
Direct commercial sale contract calls for three systems
LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 19, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)
delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation
on Australia's newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane.
A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of
three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first
mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard the Hobart. A third
system is under construction and will be installed on the Sydney in 2014.
"These Phalanx systems will give the Royal Australian Navy the most advanced
ship self-defense capability available worldwide," said Rick Nelson, vice
president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product
line. "Thanks to recent engineering changes, we have improved the system's
reliability, added capability and greatly improved the sailor-to-machine
interface in order to defeat extended-range air and surface threats."
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 the navies of 25 nations.
"Phalanx provides commanders with the ability to automatically carry out
functions usually performed by separate systems on other ships," said Nelson.
"Whether operating in blue water or the littorals, Phalanx will autonomously
detect, evaluate, track and engage targets."
oExtremely high reliability through development, testing and design
oTarget designation for other shipboard weapons.
oAutonomous assessments of all threats from detect to destroy.
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