News ID: 113311
Published: 0403 GMT March 07, 2015

Cmdr.: Navy starts work to indigenize Phalanx

Cmdr.: Navy starts work to indigenize Phalanx

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari unveiled plans for the manufacturing of an indigenized version of the Phalanx, a close-in weapon system (CIWS) on board military vessels for defense against anti-ship missiles.

“The research has now started on the Phalanx system to build its Iranian model,” Sayyari told Tasnim News Agency on Saturday.

“The Western type of the Phalanx system is the most advanced one, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will also move to produce that system definitely,” the commander noted.

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-caliber firearm with the high rate of firing 2,000-2,500 rounds per minute.

The fast machinegun can also be mounted on a broad range of military vehicles, choppers, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), warships and destroyers.


Long-range missile


Another high-ranking Iranian military commander said a long-range version of the indigenized air defense system, known as Talash 3 (Endeavor 3), will be unveiled in April.

Speaking to reporters, Commander of Khatam-ul-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili said the Talash 3 is compatible with long-range missiles and has been integrated with the S-200 missile system.

He said the Iranian-made system’s previous versions employed for the short and medium ranges have already undergone successful tests.

According to Esmaeili, the integration of Talash with the S-200 enables Iran to shoot down “any kind of enemy targets” in the sky.

Iran has in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of military equipment, including the air defense systems that use cutting edge technologies.

Tehran has repeatedly stated that its military might is defensive in nature and poses no threat to other countries.

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