Star Wars Fan? The US Navy has an R2D2

    The Navy’s USS Boxer has a Phalanx Close In Weapon System (CIWS). It is nicknamed R2-D2 for its similar dome shaped top and automatic nature. Actually if you watch the video below, the supports are somewhat shaped like R2-D2 legs. Watch the tower pivot and spin. It really resembles an R2 Astromech droid. Just with a large gun protruding from the crotch.

    The Phalanx fires a mere 4,500 rounds per minute which equates to 75 rds per sec.

    It fires a 20mm round at 3,600 fps.

    Nicholas C

    Steadicam Gun Operator
    Night Vision & Thermal Aficionado
    Flashlight/Laser Enthusiast
    USPSA competitor

    Any questions please email him at [email protected]


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