The United States Navy called on Raytheon Missiles & Defense to Upgrade the computer-controlled, radar-guided weapon systems of South Korean surface warfare vessels.
The $49 million deal, part of the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program, purchases four MK-15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS) Block 0 to Block 1B Baseline 2.
The systems upgrade will benefit the South Korean guided missile destroyer Sejong the Great and other warships under development under the Korean Destroyer Next Generation project, military aerospace reported.
‘Double duty, multifunctional’
The rapid-fire weapon system can defeat anti-ship missiles and other close range threats on land and at sea.
at Raytheon Phalanx The weapon system also enables multifunctional functionality including search, detection, threat assessment, tracking, engagement, and kill assessment.
“The Block 1B version adds control stations that allow operators to track and visually identify targets prior to engagement,” the company writes on its website.
“With an added forward-facing infrared sensor, the 1B variant can be used at sea against helicopters and high-speed surface craft and on land to help identify and confirm incoming threats.”
Sejong the high-class destroyers
The 166 meters (544.6 ft) Sejong is equipped with a 128 missile capacity compared to the US Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, with 122 vertical launch system cells.
The Sejong is also capable of tracking and monitoring missiles. In April 2019, the warship was shipped to the Sea of Japan for heightened surveillance after North Korea fired a long-range rocket “but failed to float a satellite into orbit”.