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The extreme solution found by the United States Navy to deal with enemy drones in the middle of the ocean

Written by Bruno Teles
Published 21/06/2024 às 08:00
The extreme solution found by the United States Navy to deal with enemy drones in the middle of the ocean
The United States Navy has found an innovative and extreme way to deal with enemy drones in the middle of the ocean using the powerful Phalanx weapons system. Image: Fluctus/Disclosure

The United States Navy has found an innovative and extreme way to deal with enemy drones in the middle of the ocean using the powerful Phalanx weapons system.

In the last 30 years, war has become increasingly automated, with the increasing use of drones of all sizes and shapes. These modern drones can attack, defend, perform reconnaissance and perform numerous other missions with minimal human intervention. This new threat forced the military, especially the United States Navy, to develop new ways to protect itself from these enemy drones.

One of the best solutions found to deal with drones is the Phalanx weapon system, also known as CIWS (Close-In Weapon System). This system is typically mounted aboard ships and consists of a powerful 20mm Vulcan cannon mounted on a rotating base. It can detect and counter rocket, artillery, mortar and drone attacks using sophisticated tracking systems and computers.

The Phalanx can fire between 3.000 and 4.500 rounds per minute and has a maximum range of up to 6.000 yards

Even before the drone revolution, the Phalanx was already extremely effective against missiles, fast boats and other threats. The United States Navy has installed the Phalanx system on almost every class of surface combat ship.

Due to the complexity and sophistication of the Phalanx system's machines and electronics, it needs to be calibrated frequently, which can be done through targeted and untargeted testing. The Phalanx is capable of engaging a wide range of potential threats with minimal human supervision, and is typically loaded with tungsten armor-piercing ammunition, ideal for defense against ships with heavy steel hulls.

In addition to the Phalanx, the United States Navy also uses the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) for ship defense.

This lightweight missile, launched from the MK-49 launch system, can reach speeds of more than Mach 2 (approximately 1.500 miles per hour) and has greater than 95% accuracy, making it ideal for intercepting fast-moving enemy missiles. .

To deal with drones on land, the C-RAM (Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar) system was developed, which is essentially the same as the Phalanx used on ships, but adapted to protect land targets. It fires explosive incendiary tracer ammunition, which explodes upon hitting the target or when the tracer function is exhausted, preventing collateral damage if it does not directly hit the target.

The United States Navy and other armed forces around around the world are investing heavily in advanced systems to deal with the growing drone threat. With technologies like Phalanx and C-RAM, they can effectively protect their assets and personnel, whether in the middle of the ocean or on land bases.

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