Counter ROCKET, ARTILLERY and MORTAR ⚔️ US C-RAM Systems [Review]
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Counter ROCKET, ARTILLERY and MORTAR ⚔️ US C-RAM Systems [Review]

January 14, 2020


The Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM)
/ Indirect Fire Protection Capability system was developed early during Operation Iraqi
Freedom/Enduring Freedom in order to protect ground forces and forward operating bases
from the threat of rockets, artillery, and mortars. C-RAM is made up of variety of systems which
provide the ability to sense, warn, respond, intercept, command and control, shape, and
protect deployed forces. A main component of the C-RAM system is the
LPWS, which is modified from the U.S. Navy MK-15 MOD 29 Block IB, Baseline 2 Close-In
Weapon System, and mounted on a commercial 35 ton semi-trailer for land-based operations. The M61A1 20mm Gatling gun is capable of acquiring
its target and firing at a rate of 4,500 rounds per minute. The Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control
(FAAD C2) system integrates the sensors, weapons, and warning systems for C-RAM Intercept. C-RAM was operationally deployed in Iraq and
Afghanistan, where its sense and warn capabilities provided timely warning of more than 2,500
rocket and mortar attacks against C-RAM equipped forward operating bases. C-RAM was also purchased by Australia and
the United Kingdom. Mobility: Highly mobile, mounted on road-mobile
platform Role: Protect deployed troops from rockets,
artillery,and mortars Status: Previously deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan;
purchased by Australia and the United Kingdom Producer: Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, L3 Communications,
Lockheed Martin Tests showed that C-RAM had a 60 to 70 percent
shoot-down capability. On 16 December 2004, TARDEC’s Active Defense
Systems team conducted test simulation activities. The first activity involved a live interceptor
being loaded while waiting for a live mortar to fall within engagement range. This was followed by Mortar Tracking System(MTS)
RADAR providing IAAPS a cue. The system then tracked the mortar, computed
a fire control solution, fired, updated the fuse timing in flight, and the interceptor
appeared to engage the mortar “nose to nose” at the prescribed standoff in front of the
mortar. C-RAM used target acquisition sensors, including
Firefinder and Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar, to detect and track fired rounds. The AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar system is produced
by Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector. Once a threat is detected, audio and visual
alarms sound to warn exposed soldiers. A fire-control subsystem predicted the mortar
round’s flight path, prioritizes targets, activates the warning system, and provides
cueing data to defeat the mortar round while still in the air. The complete C-RAM system networks a ground-based
version of Phalanx together with the Army’s Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) and
Q-36 Target Acquisition Radar (AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder Radar). Unlike the naval version, C-RAM does not fire
solid tungsten penetrators. Instead, self-destructing explosive bullets
are used, in order to reduce the risk of civilian and friendly casualties. The fire-control subsystem Northrop Grumman
Mission Systems provided for C-RAM uses software modified from FAAD C2, which ties together
the sensors and weapons of the Army’s short-range air-defense battalions. Northrop Grumman was the prime contractor
for FAAD C2, which is operational throughout the world and has been especially critical
to homeland security efforts in the Washington, DC area. You will find more specifications in the description

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  1. I think the founders would’ve wanted everyone to have one of these. It’s a defensive weapon system, which is exactly what they wanted. I see no reason why I shouldn’t be allowed to have one of these in my backyard.

  2. Yeah, we didn’t have this when I was in Iraq, we just had to take that incoming like some champs and recover. But then again I was a Marine.

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