Raytheon is being awarded a $31.2 million contract to produce four Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems for the Egyptian Navy.
All four systems will be produced at Raytheon Missile System’s Louisville, Kentucky, facility. The first delivery will be made in April 2005 with the remaining systems following over a six-month period.
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 defence systems. More than 850 systems have been built and deployed in the navies of 21 nations.
The Block 1B surface mode is said to provide a radar and thermal imager for identification and rapid tactical response in cluttered near-shore, littoral environments.
This system protects ships and their crews against an increased number of threats including standard and guided artillery; helicopters; floating mines and a variety of shore-launched, anti-ship missiles.
‘The Block 1B surface mode, our most advanced system, provides unequalled capabilities in near-shore, littoral environments,’ said Dennis Carroll, director of Phalanx systems in Tucson, Arizona.
‘The Phalanx sensors can be integrated into a ship’s combat system and provide critical detection and track data in support of other engagements out to the horizon,’ added Carroll.