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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel wants to buy a U.S. radar-guided cannon to shoot down short-range rockets and mortar bombs fired at the Jewish state by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip , an Israeli newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The Raytheon Phalanx system, designed to shred incoming shells after spotting their launch, could complement the Israeli Iron Dome system that fires small interceptor missiles and is due to be deployed on Gaza's border by 2010.
Phalanxes currently in production are earmarked for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan but Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak would ask the Pentagon to free up one unit -- costing $25 million (17 million pounds) -- for Israel , Haaretz said.
Israel's 22-day military offensive in Gaza that ended in January failed to stamp out rocket salvoes from the coastal enclave, ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement.
en.wikipedia.org..." target="_blank" class="postlink">Phalanx CIWS
The Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) is an anti-Anti-ship missile system that was designed and manufactured by the General Dynamics Corporation, Pomona Division.
The United States Army's version of the Navy's CIWS Phalanx anti-missile system is called the C-RAM, and is part of that service's Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar initiative.
Each system uses a 20 mm M61A1 Gatling gun firing 3,000 or 4,500 M-246 or M-940 rounds per minute. In 2008 there were more than twenty CIWS systems protecting bases in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. A Raytheon spokesman told Navy Times that 105 attacks were defeated by the systems, most of those involved mortars. Another 23 systems were on order for land use in September 2008.
Raytheon Company - Phalanx close-in weapon system
Phalanx Block 1B, the latest upgrade, with its surface mode configuration, augments the proven anti-air warfare capability by adding a forward looking infrared sensor and optimized gun barrels to the Block 1A configuration. It allows Phalanx to be used against littoral warfare threats such as helicopters and high-speed surface threats.
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Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak would ask the Pentagon to free up one unit
Centurion™ Weapon System Specifications
Gun: M61A1 20 mm cannon
Gun Drive: Pneumatic
Magazine: 1,500-round high explosive incendiary tracer self-destruct
Mount Drive: Electric
Fire Rate: Dual fire rate – 3,000 or 4,500 shots per minute
Fire Control: Fully integrated closed-loop with manual override
Weight: 53,000 pounds trailer mounted
Search Radar: Ku-band, digital MTI
Track Radar: Ku-band, pulse Doppler monopulse
E/O Sensor: FLIR imaging system with automatic acquisition tracker
Elevation/Train Accel: 8 rad/sec2
Elevation/Train Vel: 2 rad/sec
Elevation Limits: –25 degrees to +85 degrees