Raytheon services India's Phalanx

July 22, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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FARNSBOROUGH, England, July 22 (UPI) -- Raytheon and India's Elcome Marine Services have completed inspection and maintenance on two Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems for the Indian navy.

The company, which is in talks with India on acquiring additional Phalanx systems, said the service was performed on the INS Jalashwa.

The Jalashwa landing platform dock was transferred to India by the U.S. government in 2007 and has two Phalanx Block 1 systems on board.

"Raytheon and Elcome worked together to complete this project in just a few days," said Cynthia Davis, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of International Business Development. "The Indian navy now has two highly effective Phalanx systems to defend the INS Jalashwa and its sailors."

The Phalanx Block 1 configuration features a 20mm Gatling gun, which can fire armor-piercing rounds at 4,500 rounds per minute. It also includes an advanced search and track Ku-band radar with closed-loop spotting technology to provide autonomous target detection and engagement.

Raytheon said it is talking with the Indian government on upgrading Block 1 configurations on its ships and purchasing additional Phalanx systems.

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