A video of the US C-RAM air defense system shooting down rockets in Afghanistan earlier this year has gone viral on social media.
The video, which looks like a scene from star wars film, amused viewers. While some of them seemed impressed, others objected and played it down, as seen in the comments. However, it became the talk of the town shortly after its release.
Earlier this year, a sophisticated “American robot” shot down at least three missiles in Kabul. Five missiles were launched at the last American fighter jets, which were preparing to leave Afghanistan, according to the media.
Witnesses from Kabul’s Khair Khana neighborhood later told media they heard “a few bangs” and saw parked cars “burst into flames” following the blasts, the Telegraph reported in September this year.
🇬🇧 C-RAM: One of America’s strongest defense systems. pic.twitter.com/jn8eqSULVZ
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The “American robot” was later found to be the Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar (C-RAM) system.
“C-RAM successfully took out one of the five missiles launched at the airport, as three others did not reach the airfield,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said during a briefing. press briefing following the incident.
The C-RAM system, also known as the Phalanx to the US Navy, is a “system of systems” that detected, alerted and intercepted incoming rocket, artillery and mortar shells on air bases. forward operations and key targets in Iraq and Afghanistan. , according to the US military. It saved the US Air Force from the most gruesome and exhausting days in Kabul for US forces.
The incident comes nine years after the United States first noticed that Israel’s Iron Dome defense system does not win wars but prevents them. This video of C-RAM defending a US airport and planes proves it, The Tribune said.
The system can detect incoming enemy munitions as the C-RAM uses many layers of sensors, with a human operator verifying the target.
#Recent news A US military C-Ram intercepted a barrage of ISKP rockets that targeted Kabul airport. Missile shrapnel rained down on the city but no casualties were reported. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/3ALsn4cZWl
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The United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan this year, ending a two-decade war on terror, after which the Taliban took control of the country. The remaining US forces as well as the Afghan army came under attack from non-state actors such as ISIS-Khorasan towards the end of the takeover.
It was during this transition period that terrorists launched rocket attacks on Kabul airport, prompting the United States to use its C-RAMs.
These C-RAMs were among various weapon systems that were disabled by the US military before they finally left Afghanistan.
What is C-RAM?
C-RAM is an air-to-ground missile defense system that detects and destroys incoming rockets, artillery, and mortar shells before they reach the ground. It wields a powerful machine gun that can fire up to 4,500 rounds per minute to take down short-range rockets, as well as missiles and artillery shells.
C-RAM was created by US arms manufacturers to help the US military counter missile, mortar and drone attacks by insurgents and militias in Iraq and Afghanistan, two places where the US had fought a war after the September 11 attacks. It is an adapted version of the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System used by the US Navy (CIWS).
The Federation of American Scientists’ Military Analysis Network (MAN) defines seven C-RAM functions: Detection, Alert, Response, Interception, Command and Control, Training, and Protection.
C-RAM completed development, integration and testing in April 2005 using this system of systems strategy.
It is housed on a trailer and can be launched remotely. When a threat is identified, the weapon system automatically identifies, assesses, tracks, engages and assesses combat damage.
The American Centurion C-RAM fires the 20mm autocannon at 2,000 rpm and can protect an area of 1.2 km2 from air attack with a kill rate of 60-70%.
To prevent collateral damage on the ground, C-RAM uses additional tracking sensors, such as the US Army’s Light Counter-Mortar Radar and Q-36 Target Acquisition Radar. Multiple incoming shots can be targeted, tracked, prioritized and eliminated before they hit the ground. They also provide an alert system for nearby forces.
According to the commander of the United States Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, Lt. Gen. Jim Dickinson, the United States is working hard on electronic warfare and focusing its energy on technology development.
He had previously stated that “a counter-rocket, artillery and mortar system will be fielded during the FY20-23 period, with full C-RAM capability by 2030”.