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Phalanx Weapon System Radar Switch Order

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EMS Technologies
: 28 June, 2010  (Application Story)
EMS gains stronger foothold in Radar Tracking sector with substantial order from the US Navy for radar switches for use on the Phalanx Weapon System
EMS Technologies has announced that Raytheon Missile Systems has awarded EMS’s Defense & Space (D&S) division a follow-on volume production award to provide radar front-end switch assemblies for the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS).

This rapid-fire, radar-guided gun system is designed to defeat missile attacks and other close-in air threats by tracking multiple targets simultaneously. The current production order, valued at $5.4 million is part of a multi-year Basic Ordering Agreement. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in February 2011 and continue through until 2013.

EMS, which serves both the radar and communications-on-the-move military markets, was selected by Raytheon to produce and repair all sustaining Phalanx high-power switches. The company provides the critical component of the Phalanx CIWS’s tracking radar. When targets are determined to threaten the area protected by the system, EMS’s high-performance, rugged switches enable the radar to detect and track threats early in flight.

“EMS is pleased to be a valued supplier to Raytheon in delivering switches for the US Navy’s Phalanx program. We are now seeing additional use of this technology by the US Army to counter land-based threats in the Green Zone and in other secure areas,” said Norm Johnson, vice president, Business Development for EMS Defense & Space division.

Since the US Navy began fully-fitting ships with the Phalanx CIWS system in 1980, EMS D&S has supplied switches for 650 of the 900 systems that have been deployed by the program. The system currently operates on all US warships and more than 256 foreign ships.
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