Iran to Equip Navy with Homegrown Version of Phalanx CIWS

Iran’s Navy is going to have an indigenized version of the Phalanx, a close-in weapon system (CIWS) on military vessels which is used for defense against anti-ship missiles, a top commander said.

Lieutenant Commander of Iran’s Navy, Admiral Gholam Reza Biqam, said the country’s Defense Ministry has had good results in upgrading the Phalanx weapon system.

The Navy will receive the weapon system once the final tests have been performed, he explained.

Back in March 2015, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari had unveiled plans for manufacturing the homegrown version of Phalanx.

Consisting of a radar-guided Gatling gun mounted on a swiveling base, the Phalanx has been used by multiple navies around the world, notably by the US Navy on every class of surface combat ship.

Iranian experts have already produced a powerful Gatling gun, dubbed “Moharram”.

The six-barrel weapon is a .50 calibre firearm with a high rate of fire – 2,000-2,500 rounds per minute.

The fast machine gun can also be mounted on a broad range of military vehicles, choppers, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), warships and destroyers.