Raytheon has delivered the first Phalanx close-in weapon system to the Republic of South Korea Navy (ROK) for batch one of the new Ulsan-1 Class FFX ship programme.

The Phalanx block 1B system will be installed on the lead ship of the 2,300t frigate class this year.

Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20mm gun system, which can automatically detect, track and destroy enemy threats.

Raytheon Naval Weapons Systems vice-president Rick Nelson said the system is capable of defending against all types of air and surface threats in the naval environment.

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The new FFX ship class will replace the existing Ulsan, designed for anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft warfare, and other smaller frigates in the ROK fleet.

South Korea is expected to sign a contract with Raytheon for an additional five Phalanx systems.