Raytheon upgrading Phalanx weapon systems

TUCSON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A $136.2 million contract has been given to Raytheon by the U.S. Navy for the re-manufacture, overhaul and upgrade of Phalanx Close-in Weapons Systems.

Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats.


The contract is for work on 19 Phalanx systems. It also provides for production of four SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense Systems, the company said, and has a $94 million option for fiscal year 2014 to produce an additional dozen Phalanx systems and four more SeaRams.

"Phalanx is a vital ship self-defense system, providing the critical inner-layer of protection to sailors, Marines and ships," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.

"With SeaRAM comes a significant extension of that inner-layer battle space and the capacity to effectively engage multiple high-performance threats. Raytheon's ability to re-manufacture Phalanx equivalent to new manufacture condition -- in appearance, operation and performance -- provides a significant cost savings to our customers."

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