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  • Phalanx's Path to Land-Based Centurion
    Posted by Sean Meade 7:29 PM on Oct 23, 2008

    The Phalanx ship-based anti-missile system is well-known: it combines a 20mm gatling gun that can fire 3,000 or 4,500 rounds per minute with a Ku-band radar resulting in autonomous targeting and engagement.

    When a new problem emerged - rocket, artillery and mortar attacks in urban settings like Baghdad and the need to protect high-value sites and population centers, Raytheon and the US Navy adapted Phalanx to land-based applications. The name of the new solution is Centurion (pdf).

     

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    The Phalanx/Centurion has a very distinctive, chainsaw-starting-like sound. Click here to watch a video and hear the sound.

    When I spoke with Raytheon employees at AUSA, they were especially excited about Centurion's role in keeping troops safe, citing over 100 shootdowns in Iraq.

    Credit: Raytheon

    Tags: ar99, phalanx, centurion, Raytheon

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