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The Phalanx in acrtion with a muzzle velocity of 3,600 ft/s (1,100 m/s), its main armament is highly effective with a single 20 mm M61 Vulcan 6-barreled Gatling cannon and its guidance
systemis Ku-band radar marred with FLIR camera (Photo Babcock International Group)

by Stephen Elliott
from Press Release

The UK Ministry of Defence awarded Babcock International two-year contract to continue Phalanx CIWS in-service support. The rapid-fire, computer-controlled, radar and 20mm Gatling gun system is a primary defence against anti-ship missile threats.

Babcock continues its in-service support for Phalanx at special facilities at the Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth. Under the circa £15m agreement’s terms, Babcock is responsible for technical support, upgrades, maintenance and ensuring operational availability of Phalanx to the Royal Navy fleet on an asset availability service basis.*

Babcock remains a partner on the Phalanx CIWS programme since 2006, managing and executing all upkeep support activities and providing logistics support for spares and repairable units.

*Asset availability is a metric used to measure the percentage of time an asset can be used. It calculates the probability that the equipment will be available, without being down for preventive maintenance interventions or breakdowns, during a period. (