Raytheon to upgrade UK’s ‘R2D2’ naval defense system

September 21, 2018

Defense News:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department has approved a $75 million deal for Raytheon to upgrade and maintain Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems operated by Britain’s Royal Navy.

Congress was notified Wednesday of the deal, for 50 Block IB Baseline 2 Upgrade Kits of the MK 15 Phalanx CIWS, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The kits would be used for close-in ship self-defense against air and surface threats onboard the UK’s naval combatants and auxiliaries, according to the announcement.

The self-contained system includes search, detection, threat evaluation, tracking, engagement and kill assessment. Block 1B adds a forward-looking infrared sensor that can be used against helicopters and high-speed surface craft at sea while the land-based version helps identify and confirm incoming dangers, according to Raytheon.

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