Loading 20mm Tungsten Ammo into Phalanx CIWS’ Magazine Drum

U.S. Navy sailors reload 20mm tungsten ammunition into the magazine drum of a Phalanx Closed-in Weapons System (Phalanx CIWS) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Phalanx CIWS is a close-in weapon system for defense against incoming threats such as small boats, surface torpedoes, anti-ship missiles and helicopters.

Phalanx CIWS mounts fire at a rate of 3,000 rounds per minute and have the magazine drum capacity of 1,550 rounds. The velocity of the rounds fired is about 3,600 feet per second or 1,100 m/s.

Credits: U.S. Navy videos by Senior Chief Petty Officer RJ Stratchko, Seaman Apprentice Zack Guth

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Derivative works: Military Archive

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