Watched at night, these 20MM rounds are fired so fast that it basically looks like a laser beam of giant bullets. That’s the basic definition of the C-RAM systems, a laser beam of giant bullets that provide counter defenses against incoming rocket, artillery, and mortar fire.
Counter rocket, artillery, and mortar, abbreviated C-RAM or Counter-RAM, is a set of systems used to detect and/or destroy incoming artillery, rockets and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets, or simply provide early warning.
C-RAM is effectively a land version of weapons such as the Phalanx CIWS radar-controlled rapid-fire gun for close in protection of vessels from missiles. C-RAM is an initiative taken in response to an operational needs statement made by the Multinational Force Iraq, in response to the high rate of casualties caused by attacks using rockets, artillery, and mortars in Iraq.
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