Raytheon is being awarded a $29,850,000 contract to produce 21 Phalanx Block 1B upgrade kits for the Canadian Navy. The contract is said to represent the single-largest contract to date for the surface mode of the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System.
The first kit will be delivered in September 2002 with the remaining kits following over a three-year 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 are said to have been built and deployed in the navies of 21 nations. Most recently, Phalanx Block 1B was installed aboard the USS Howard (DDG-83) and the USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), the US Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers.