Insanely Powerful Weapons of US Navy in Action – Phalanx CIWS, Deck Guns, Missiles

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Insanely Powerful Weapons of US Navy in Action - Phalanx CIWS, Deck Guns, Missiles

US Sailors conduct a live-fire exercise aboard the ships.

Footage includes several weapons: Phalanx CIWS ( Close-in weapon system ), M242/Mk38 Bushmaster autocannon, Mark 45 (Mk 45) lightweight gun, SM-2 missiles and AGM-176 Griffin Mini-Missiles

►The Phalanx CIWS is a close-in weapon system for defense against anti-ship missiles. It was designed and manufactured by the General Dynamics Corporation. Consisting of a radar-guided 20 mm Gatling gun mounted on a swiveling base, the Phalanx has been used by multiple navies around the world.
The CIWS is designed to be the last line of defense against anti-ship missiles. Due to its design criteria, its effective range is very short relative to the range of modern ASMs, from 1 to 5 nautical miles (9 km). The gun mount moves at a very high speed and with great precision. The system takes minimal inputs from the ship, making it capable of functioning despite potential damage to the ship.

►The M242 Bushmaster is a 25 mm chain-driven autocannon. It is used extensively by the U.S. military, as well as by NATO’s and some other nations’ forces in ground combat vehicles, such as the Bradley fighting vehicle and various watercraft.

The MK-38 is a 25-mm machine gun installed for ship self-defense to counter High Speed Maneuvering Surface Targets.

►The Mark 45 (Mk 45) lightweight gun is a modern U.S. naval artillery gun mount consisting of a 127 mm (5 in) L54 Mark 19 gun on the Mark 45 mount. The gun is designed for use against surface warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment to support amphibious operations. The gun mount features an automatic loader with a capacity of 20 rounds. These can be fired under full automatic control, taking a little over a minute to exhaust those rounds at maximum fire rate. For sustained use, the gun mount would be occupied by a six-man crew (gun captain, panel operator, and four ammunition loaders) below deck to keep the gun continuously supplied with ammunition.

►The AGM-176 Griffin is a lightweight, precision-guided munition developed by Raytheon. It can be launched from the ground or air as a rocket-powered missile or dropped from the air as a guided bomb. It carries a relatively small warhead, and was designed to be a precision low-collateral damage weapon for irregular warfare. It has been used in combat by the United States military in Afghanistan.

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