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Raytheon completes Phalanx maintenance for INS Jalashwa


'Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems' on board Indian Navy's INS Jalashwa (inset).

FARNBOROUGH (BNS): Raytheon and Elcome Marine Services have completed the inspection and maintenance on two Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems for the Indian Navy.

Raytheon, which is in talks with India on acquiring additional Phalanx systems, said the Phalanx systems maintenance (replacement of circuit cards) was performed on the INS Jalashwa.

"Raytheon and Elcome worked together to complete this project in just a few days," Cynthia Davis, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of International Business Development, said in a company news release.

He also added that the Indian Navy now has two highly effective Phalanx systems to defend the INS Jalashwa and its sailors.

The INS Jalashwa landing platform dock was transferred to India by US in 2007 and has two Phalanx Block 1 close-in weapon systems on board.

The Phalanx Block 1 configuration features a proven 20 mm Gatling gun, which fires armour-piercing rounds at 3,000 or 4,500 shots per minute.

Phalanx Block 1 also includes an advanced search and track Ku-band radar with closed-loop spotting technology to provide autonomous target detection and engagement. The system can interface with virtually any ship combat system and can provide target designation for other shipboard weapons.

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