Raytheon’s Phalanx Close-In Weapon System will soon be serving in the South Korean Navy.
The defense technology company delivered its Phalanx Block 1B system for use on South Korea’s new Ulsan-1 class FFX ship program. South Korea plans on replacing its Ulsan fleet with the new anti-ship, anti-submarine, anti-aircraft FFX class design.
“The Phalanx system is fully capable of defending against all types of air and surface threats in the naval environment,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon’s Naval Weapons Systems product line. “Coupled with the reliability and availability of this world-class system, the South Korean fleet will have the best possible ship self-defense available.”
Used by the navies of 25 countries, Phalanx acts as a last-line defense mechanism. The system tracks and destroys threats that slip past all other defense systems with computer-controlled radar and a rapid fire 20 mm gun.
The initial system will be installed on the fleet’s lead ship by the end of the year with expectations of five additional systems to be delivered in the future.