CIWS Phalanx 20 mm

Close-In Weapon System


  • Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm

Last line of defense against air attacks, R2D2 was first tested in 1973 and introduced into service in 1980. Since then, all types of ships has been retroffited to carry at least one of them

Specifications Login to Edit

20caliber (mm)
4500Rate of fire (round/min)
1.50range (km)

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0 Aircraft Carrier V STOL Queen Elizabeth class3
1961 Assault Carrier Iwo Jima class2
1964 Support Ship Sacramento class2
1965 Landing Ship/Platform Dock Fearless class2
1965 Coast Guards Hamilton class1
1965 Aircraft Carrier America (1965) class3
1968 Aircraft Carrier John F Kennedy class3
1968 Support Ship Kilauea class1
1969 Support Ship Protecteur class2
1969 Support Ship Wichita class2
1970 Command ship Blue Ridge class1
1973 Helicopter Carrier Haruna class2
1975 Aircraft Carrier (Nuclear Powered) Nimitz class4
1975 Guided-Missile Frigate Oliver Hazard Perry class1
1976 Guided-Missile Destroyer Tachikaze class2
1976 Assault Carrier Tarawa class2
1980 Guided-Missile Destroyer Type 42 (Batch 3)2
1980 Guided-Missile Frigate Adelaide class1
1980 Aircraft Carrier V STOL Invincible class3
1981 Guided-Missile Destroyer Kidd class2
1981 Support Ship Cimarron class2
1983 Guided-Missile Cruiser Ticonderoga class2
1986 Aircraft Carrier (Nuclear Powered) Improved Nimitz class4
1986 Guided-Missile Destroyer Hatakaze class2
1986 Destroyer Asagiri class2
1989 Frigate Abukuma class1
1989 Assault Carrier Wasp class3
1990 Frigate Vasco da Gama class1
1991 Guided-Missile Destroyer Iroquois TRUMP class1
1991 Guided-Missile Destroyer Arleigh Burke Flight I class2
1992 Support Ship Fort II class (1992)2
1992 Frigate Hydra class2
1992 Frigate City class1
1993 Corvette Sa'ar 5-class1
1993 Guided-Missile Destroyer Kongo class2
1993 Guided-Missile Frigate Cheng Kung class1
1994 Frigate Phutthayotfa Chulalok class1
1995 Landing Ship/Platform Dock Harpers Ferry class2
1996 Destroyer Murasame class2
1998 Landing Ship/Platform Dock Osumi class2
1998 Assault Carrier Ocean class3
2003 Destroyer Takanami class2
2003 Support Ship Wave class2
2006 Landing Ship/Platform Dock Bay class2
2007 Guided-Missile Destroyer Atago class2
2009 Helicopter Carrier Hyuga class2
2012 Destroyer Akizuki 2010 class2
2014 Assault Carrier America (2014) class2
2017 Guided-Missile Destroyer Hobart class1
2017 Aircraft Carrier (Nuclear Powered) Ford class2
2022 Frigate Type 26 class2

Refits Login to Edit

1980-apr USS America CV-66 Aircraft Carrier America (1965) class3x CIWS fitted during refit
1989 HMS Fearless L10 Landing Ship/Platform Dock Fearless classrefit at HMD Devonport, including replacement of guns and Seacat for new 20mm and Phalanx CIWS. Completed 1991.
1990 HMS Edinburgh D97 Guided-Missile Destroyer Type 42 (Batch 3)included addition of a pair of Phalanx CIWS, completed 1991
1999 RFA Fort George A388 Support Ship Fort II class (1992)fitted with Phalanx CIWS
1999-feb-1 RFA Fort Victoria A387 Support Ship Fort II class (1992)refit at Babcocks, until Jun 1999, fitted with Phalanx CIWS
2017-mar HMS Albion L14 Landing Ship/Platform Dock Albion classReceived 2 sets of Phalanx to replace Goalkeeper. Rejoined the Fleet after refit on 21 Jul.

In Service Login to Edit

Royal Navy
United States Naval Aviation
Nigerian Navy
US Coast Guard
bangladesh navy
Canadian Armed Forces
Japanese Navy
Polish Navy
Egyptian Navy
Turkish Navy
Royal Bahrain Naval Force
Royal Australian Navy
Portuguese Navy
Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Hellenic Navy
Israeli Navy
Republic of China Navy (Taiwan)
Royal Thai Navy

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