Defense contractor Raytheon has signed a $123 million contract to deliver nine Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the South Korean Navy. According to a press release, the Phalanx systems will be installed aboard the FFX Batch II frigate-class ships and AOE II-class fast combat support ships.
Deliveries of the Phalanx system are scheduled to begin in 2016 and end in 2022. It marks the largest-ever commercial sale for the Phalanx program, the press release stated.
“Phalanx provides the vital protective capabilities needed for the Republic of Korea Navy to achieve its maritime mission requirements in the littorals and high seas in which it operates,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon’s Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. “Phalanx counters sophisticated subsonic and supersonic anti-ship missiles while increasing the outer perimeter for ship self-defense.”