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    Tehran plans to build its own version of the Phalanx, a close-in weapon system (CIWS), to defend its vessels from anti-ship missiles.

    Iran to Build Homegrown Version of Phalanx Close-in Weapon System

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    Iran keeps working to improve its military defense. Tehran plans to build its own version of the Phalanx, a close-in weapon system (CIWS), to defend its vessels from anti-ship missiles.

    Tehran revealed plans to build its own version of the Phalanx, a close-in weapon system (CIWS), Tasnim News Agency reported.

    “The research work has now started on the Phalanx system to build its Iranian model,” Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told Tasnim News Agency.

    Iranian military experts manufactured their own counterpart to Gatling gun, which they dubbed “Moharram”.

    The Phalanx is a radar-guided Gatling gun that is mounted onto a base. The system is often installed on various ships by navies around the world for defense against anti-ship missiles.

    CIWS can also be used on military vehicles, helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

    Earlier this week, Iran announced plans to introduce a new missile defense system, capable of shooting down targets at the range of more than 200 kilometers. Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli, the commander of the Iranian Air Defense Force, said the new Iranian-made missile defense system is called Talash 3 and will be ready on April 18, on the occasion of the Army Day in Iran.

    In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

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