The amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) fires the ship’s Rolling Air Frame Missile launcher for the first time during a live firing exercise. San Antonio and her crew are at sea conducting Combat Systems Ship Board Qualifications, in an attempt to see how well the ship’s Combat System’s Suite and ship’s weapons work together. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony C. Tornetta (RELEASED)
I haven’t heard much about the San Antonio’s performance so far. The ship had a troubled construction.
The RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile is a short-range IR missile primarily for defense against cruise and anti-ship missiles. A future generation of the Phalanx Block 1B CIWS will replace the 20mm gun with 11 RAM launchers for greatly increased range. The new system will be called the Sea RAM:
For more info on the gatling gun-armed CIWS Block 1B, see CIWS now does surface targets, too.