C-RAM firing in response to a rocket attack launched by insurgents in Basra in 2009.

C-RAM is a land version of 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 (MNF-I). The directive arose in response to the increasing number of casualties caused by attacks using rockets, artillery, and mortars in Iraq. The land-based Phalanx B was subsequently deployed in Iraq in the summer of 2004.

It protected the Green Zone and Camp Victory in Baghdad, Joint Base Balad near Balad, Iraq, and was also deployed by the British Army in southern Iraq.

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Dominic Waite
4 years ago

Well that’s pretty awesome

Craig Gibson
4 years ago

Awesome bit of kit!

Nick Farr
4 years ago

Joe Gilpin

Chris Pacey
4 years ago

Anybody that heard that will never forget it!

Alan Helm
4 years ago
Reply to  Chris Pacey

Never has a more honest statement brought back so many memories mate!

Chris Pacey
4 years ago
Reply to  Chris Pacey

Amen!

Jeff Boutwell
4 years ago
Reply to  Chris Pacey

And the blasted wailing sirens and outgoing 155’s. Basra – 2007

Byron Martin
4 years ago

Life saving bit of kit.

Chris Pacey
4 years ago
Reply to  Byron Martin

Unfortunately not always : (

DaveandKirsteen Pope
4 years ago

I have been pretty close to it when it goes off and there are loads of clips on YouTube.

Allan Elder
4 years ago

Eneas Mccurdy

Chris Power
4 years ago

Haven’t they all been converted to the Naval version for the RN?

David L Thomas
4 years ago

Nice hardware

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Wasn’t it just taken straight off a warship and returned after the war?

If it was that useful, they would have tried to buy one or more to be used perm for land based use, instead of crippling the ships

Silvio Anselmi
4 years ago
Stephen Priestley
4 years ago

That sound…

WOW!!!

John Hope
4 years ago

The c ram has been upgraded for fitting to the new carriers

Ron Walters
4 years ago

I wish they had this when I was stationed with them in Basrah and the base was pummeled as the most rocketed/mortared base in Iraq.

Sean Brian
4 years ago

Mikey Wartooth so sick

Philip Moore
4 years ago

Wouldn’t want to go anywhere near the business end of this 🙂

Dave O'sullivan
4 years ago

An awesome piece of kit no doubt saving many lives

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

It would be good to know some stats on how effective these things are.

How many targets did it acquire vs how many did it not
How many hits vs misses

Ok the land based threats are considerably smaller than the targets that these things were designed to take on, but on the flip side they are also moving considerably slower.