Our SeaRAM is far from the only ship-based missile defense turret sailing the high seas. French weapons manufacturer MBDA, in fact, has just begun testing a remotely controlled missile launcher of its own. One that finally moves the turret's operator out of the line of fire.
For more than 40 years, the Milan anti-tank missile launcher has been a mainstay of the French army. But in today's urban combat scenarios, this venerable launcher has become outdated. That's why, beginning in 2017, French fighting forces will field an entirely new weapon system, one purpose-built for modern warfare.
The wall of hot lead thrown out by a Phalanx system may be effective against inbound artillery threats, but spewing hundreds of rounds to knock out a single bomb isn't exactly efficient. Instead, one German defense contractor aims to simply fry them out of the sky.