Raytheon to deliver Phalanx weapons to the Korean Navy

Raytheon has signed a $65.5m (£41.3m) contract to deliver five Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the Republic of Korea Navy for the new Ulsan-1 class FFX ship programme.

The direct commercial sale calls for the systems to be installed on the 2,300-ton frigate-class ships starting in April 2013 and represents Phalanx’s largest sale to the ROK fleet.

Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defence systems.

The Republic of Korea’s new FFX ship class, which will replace the current Ulsan and other smaller frigates, is designed for anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft warfare.