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Navy Mounts New Defense System on Warship

Navy Mounts New Defense System on WarshipNavy Mounts New Defense System on Warship

The Navy has mounted a locally built advanced defensive weapons system on one of its warships for the first time, the Navy chief was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi “Reiterated that coastal and sea testing of the short range defense Kamand system were concluded successfully. The system was mounted on a warship and will be mounted on a second ship soon,” Tasnim News Agency reported.

The Kamand has been dubbed the “Iranian Phalanx” after an automated machinegun produced by US firm Raytheon whose heavy bullets shred incoming missiles. The commander emphasized that only a few countries in the world have the know-how to make such defense systems and  Iran’s Ministry of Defense has gained such capability.

He went on to say that for now, the system will be installed on ships that go on mission in the high seas.

Back in 2015, former Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari had unveiled plans for manufacturing the homegrown version of the Phalanx.

Consisting of a radar-guided Gatling gun mounted on a swiveling base, the weapon system has been used by many navies around the world, notably by the US Navy.

Unable to import advanced military gear because of the international sanctions and arms embargo, Iran has developed a robust domestic weapons industry to achieve self-sufficiency in producing military equipment for its defensive needs.

 

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