Missile Defense

Navy awards $231M contract for Phalanx missile defense upgrade

Raytheon has won a $231 million contract to upgrade a Navy missile defense system, according to Washington Technology, a Defense Systems sister publication.

The MK15 Phalanx close-in weapon system is a rapid fire, radar guided gun system that operates as an element of the fleet defense and as a ship self-defense weapon.

Phalanx is designed to defend against high-speed, maneuvering anti-ship missiles that have penetrated other defenses. The latest upgrade, the Phalanx Block 1B, adds a forward-looking infrared sensor and optimized gun barrels.

The Navy expects work to be completed by September 2017. 

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