PHALANX BLOCK 1B DELIVERED TO US NAVY
The newest version of the Phalanx weapon system, the Block 1B,
has been delivered aboard the USS Taylor. Arriving at the Mayport
Naval Base in July, Taylor's Block 1B is expected to be fully operational
by the end of September.
is a tremendous addition to not only our on-board defence capabilities,
but to the Navy's inventory," said Lieutenant Colin Chinn,
ordinance officer on the Taylor. "We've seen the Block 1B in
action during the test phase and are excited about being the ship
to receive the newest version of Phalanx."
"The Phalanx Block 1B can do it all," said Chinn. "It
will detect, prioritise, track and kill incoming threats whether
they are wave-top missiles, steeply diving rounds, aircraft or patrol
boats coming out from the coast. It's literally the latest in technology
and we're proud to have it on the Taylor"
Phalanx is the world's most widely deployed close-in weapon system
in service with the US Navy and 20 international navies. Phalanx
is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and gun system that automatically
acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated
all other ship defence systems. The Block 1B is the latest in the
line of evolutionary enhancements to this proven system.
Crew will now attend a two-week training sessions on the Block
1B improvements. They will learn about the new electrically controlled,
pneumatically driven optimised gun barrels as well the integrated
forward looking infrared system (FLIR). The Phalanx FLIR provides
a unique capability to search, track and engage coastal warfare
threats, while simultaneously providing significant improvement
in the anti-ship missile engagement ranges.
© «Defence Systems Daily», 22.09.2000