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SeaRAM Evolved Ship Defense

SeaRAM Evolved Ship Defense

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Published by: maritimepressbox on Dec 01, 2009
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The SeaRAM Anti-shipMissile Defense System is anevolved MK15 Close-InWeapon System (CIWS)comprising key attributes of both the Phalanx CIWSand the Rolling AirframeMissile (RAM) Guided WeaponSystem. The MK15 Mod 31SeaRAM extends the innerlayer battlespace and enablesthe ship to effectively engagefuture high-performance,supersonic, and subsonicthreats at greater distances. Thesystem provides the highestlevel of ship self-protectionwith extended keep-out rangecapability and the ability toengage multiple targets. Theseimportant features strengthenthe ship’s ability to sustain itsmission in the most challenginglittoral environments. Technology from the MK15Phalanx CIWS and RAMintegrates elements of eachsystem into the self-containedSeaRAM system. An 11-missileround RAM launcher assembly,
Extends the inner layerbattlespace, enabling ships toeectively engage uturehigh-perormance, supersonic,and subsonic threats
Incorporates technology romPhalanx CIWS and RAM
Combines RAM’s superioraccuracy, extended range, andhigh maneuverability withPhalanx’s high resolution targetdetection and quick responsecapability
Integral part o layered suraceand anti-air sel-deensecapability
loaded with RAM guidedmissiles, replaces Phalanx’s20 mm gun. SeaRAM combinesRAM’s superior accuracy,extended range and highmaneuverability with thePhalanx Block 1B’s highresolution search-and-track sensor systems and reliable,quick-response capability. SeaRAM is an affordablecapability upgrade — anespecially attractive optionfor those navies that havealready deployed the Phalanx 
CIWS. SeaRAM ts the exact
shipboard installation footprintof the Phalanx, uses the samepower and requires minimal
shipboard modication.
SeaRAM is well suited to new construction and requiresminimal system integrationbecause of its self-containedfeatures. The integration risk is minimized because RAMand Phalanx are already beingdeployed as a part of theU.S. Navy’s integrated ShipSelf-Defense System.The SeaRAM system is acomplete and autonomousweapon system with its ownsensor suite, combat systemand weapon. Like thePhalanx, only power andcooling water are requiredfrom the ship. Evolved fromthe Phalanx Block 1B system,SeaRAM includes the latestversion Ku-band search andtrack radar and a new forwardlooking infrared (FLIR) imagingsystem. SeaRAM’s sensor suiteprovides multispectrum searchand targeting capabilitiesfor daytime and nighttimeoperations. Below decks, theSeaRAM system uses the samecontrol panel and consoles thatare deployed as part of Phalanx 1B upgrade; thus, no changesin equipment space orfootprint are required. Thelocal and remote consolesprovide the operator withvideo images from the FLIR forthreat detection and track.The operator can establish
positive identication of 
precisely where or what the
Evolved Ship Deense
Missile Deense System providesthe highest level o ship sel-protection withextended keep-out range capability and theability to engage multiple targets.

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