Powerful US Army C-RAM and LPWS, CIWS System in Action
CIWS, artillery, and mortar abbreviated C-RAM or counter-RAM, is a set of systems used to detect and/or destroy incoming BOMB, artillery, and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets, or simply provide early warning.
The intercept capability of C-RAM is effectively a land version of weapons such as the Phalanx CIWS radar-controlled rapid-fire gun for close-in protection of vessels from a bomb; the weapon system also contains a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera to allow a soldier to visually identify these target threats before engaging the targets. One major difference between the land- and sea-based variants is the choice of ammunition. Whereas naval Phalanx systems fire tungsten armor-piercing rounds, the C-RAM uses the 20mm HEIT-SD (high-explosive incendiary tracer, self-destruct) ammunition, originally developed for the M163 Vulcan air defense system. These rounds explode on impact with the target, or on tracer burnout, thereby greatly reducing the risk of collateral damage from rounds that fail to hit their target.
A 20mm LPWS (Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System), a land-based variant of the US’s Phalanx close-in weapon system. PM C-RAM developed and successfully tested a system similar to the Iron Dome.
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