The Intricate Workings of the C-RAM Point Defense System

Which stands for counter rocket, artillery, and mortar.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Have you ever heard of the C-RAM point defense system? It stands for counter rocket, artillery, and mortar and it's a 0.79-in (20-mm) Gatling gun equipped with state-of-the-art radar technology.

The C-RAM is lightning-quick, capable of firing 4,500 rounds per minute, and it can detect, intercept, and destroy projectiles before they reach their intended destination. 

C-RAM has a naval counterpart from which it stems. This counterpart is called the Phalanx Close-In Weapons System, or CIWS for short.  CIWS proved extremely successful at deterring incoming artillery as well as opposing gunboats.

As such, the military concluded that a land-based variant of the system was needed. The C-RAM was then developed and it has since its inception protected many sites from artillery fire.

Unlike the CIWS which is permanently fixed on a ship, the C-RAM is mounted on a trailer and fired remotely. This gives it a lot more flexibility and agility.

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