Thursday, July 06, 2006

Phalanx Close-in Ship Defense Guns getting Upgrades

The Mark 15 Phalanx ship defense weapon is capable of firing 3000 to 4000 20mm rounds-per-minute as a close-in anti-ship missile weapon. Defense Industry Daily reports that the upgraded version (1B) can also be used against gunboats, artillery, and helicopters.

Some of the customers for the Phalanx include:
  • US Navy
  • US Coast Guard
  • Australia
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Taiwan
  • Poland
  • Bahrain
  • Saudi Arabia
I don't think they're firing any of these at the Knob Creek Machine-Gun Shoot in Kentucky, though the crowds would be even bigger if they did.

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