VIDEO: This Navy Gun Is One of the Most Amazing Weapons Ever

The Phalanx is an amazingly badass piece of military technology. It’s an automated Gatling gun that fires 20mm rounds at a rate of 4,500 per minute. The Navy primarily uses it to defend ships from incoming missiles.

The Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) was developed as the last line of automated weapons defense (terminal defense or point defense) against anti-ship missiles (AShMs or ASMs) and attacking aircraft, including high-g and maneuvering sea-skimmers.

Here’s more video of a live fire test.

Footage shows loading the Phalanx Close In Weapons System (CIWS) “seewiz” and test firing from three different U.S. Navy ships – USS Underwood (FFG-36), USS Nimitz (CVN-68), and USS Antietam (CG-54). The CIWS is a radar guided 20 mm M61 Vulcan Gatling gun autocannon used primarily for defence against anti-ship missiles. It is installed on all U.S. Navy surface combatant ships, and is capable of locking onto incoming missiles and firing 4,500 rounds per minute.