EMS Technologies will supply radar front-end switch assemblies for the US Navy’s Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS) under a contract awarded by Raytheon Missile Systems.

Under the $5.4m contract, the company will provide its high-performance rugged switches which will enable the Phalanx CIWS’s tracking radar to detect and track threats early in flight.

CIWS is a shipboard rapid-fire radar-guided gun system currently operating on all the US warships specifically designed to counter missile attacks and other close-in air threats by simultaneously tracking multiple targets.

Deliveries of the radar switch assemblies are scheduled to begin in February 2011 and continue until 2013.

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To date, EMS has supplied switches for 650 of the 900 systems that have been deployed by the programme.