Raytheon awarded $47.8 million contract

Raytheon is being awarded a $47.8 million contract to overhaul and upgrade 16 Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems and produce four additional Phalanx Block 1B upgrade kits for the US Navy.

According to Raytheon, this represents the largest dollar contract to date for upgrading the surface mode of the Phalanx. All work is to be complete by May 2004.

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. Most recently, Phalanx Block 1B was installed aboard the USS Howard and the USS Bulkeley, the US Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers.

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