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Laser quest: Phalanx, LaWs and the future of close-in weapon systems

Close-in weapon systems (CIWS) remain a shipboard necessity for detecting and engaging missiles and aircraft at short range. Julian Turner assesses the latest upgrades to Raytheon’s ubiquitous Phalanx CIWS and analyses LaWS, a revolutionary laser-based defence system being field-tested by the US Navy.

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