$45M for Phalanx Upgrades to U.S. Navy, PortugalMay 17, 2005 05:29 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
Raytheon Co. in Tucson, AZ is being awarded a $45 million not-to-exceed, firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-04-C-5460 for Block 1B Upgrade and Conversion performance enhancement equipment for United States and Portuguese Navy Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS). This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (31%) and the government of Portugal (69%) under the Foreign Military Sales program.
Three upgrade and conversions for the U.S. Navy and three Phalanx MK-15 CIWS and ancillary hardware are planned in support of Portuguese requirements.
The MK-15 Phalanx CIWS (“see-whiz”) 20mm rotary cannon provides a last-ditch defense against low and high flying, high speed maneuvering anti-ship missile threats that have penetrated all other ships’ defenses. It is currently deployed in the U.S. fleet in over 200 ships and 20 foreign navies. The Block 1B overhauls include several improvements, including upgraded gun barrels and modifications that allow the Phalanx to be used against small, fast-moving boats in coastal areas.
Work in this contract will be performed in Louisville, KY, and is expected to be complete by December 2007. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C issued the contract.
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