C-Ram Phalanx Defense Cannon Knocks out Incoming Artillery
Feb 11, 2022
Mortars, artillery cannons, and rocket launchers are some of the most devastating weapons used against American troops when operating in foreign territory. It doesn’t matter if America has greater firepower and technological capabilities; all it takes is an easy-to-hide mortar or rocket to eliminate an entire infantry convoy in a guerilla warfare scenario.
For decades, defending against such attacks was near impossible due to their range, abruptness, and concealability.
In 2007, during the height of the Iraq war, Staff Sergeant Alberto Marcillo was sleeping in his tent after finishing his guard duty shift when he was suddenly awakened by the sound of incoming rockets and artillery munitions.
Marcillo knew the sound well, and he understood that in just a few seconds, he -as many of his fellow soldiers before him- could become one more victim of a surprise rocket attack by an insurgent group. He then ducked and covered, preparing for impact.
But the explosion he expected never happened. Instead, a new powerful firing sound ripped through the air, followed by a series of far-away explosions. Marcillo realized that he had just been saved by the novel C-RAM Phalanx that his unit had been assigned recently.
He recalled: (QUOTE) “I heard the Phalanx weapon system kick off, I heard the alarms go off, [and] hit the ground. Then I started hearing explosions but not on the ground anymore, but in the air. I know that weapon system saved my life and fellow Soldiers on my particular FOB.”
After decades of complete vulnerability to rocket attacks, a new and groundbreaking weapon was being deployed across Iraq and Afghanistan. The incredible C-RAM system would change warfare in hostile territories forever…
Dark Footage showcases the most unbelievable photos and videos from history while telling the stories behind the camera. Featuring military, space, aircraft and real-life historic events caught on tape.
Whoa, man, I need one of these for the yard!