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OK, now for my discussion of the C-RAM system mentioned in my last post.
The term stands for “Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar (C-RAM)”. It
is an adaptation of the Navy’s Phalanx system, which is used to shoot
down anti-ship missiles. Basically it’s a giant gattling gun. The
purpose of the C-RAM is to identify, track, and engage the
incoming threat munitions. It was installed in order to decrease the
number of casualties caused by attacks using rockets, artillery, and
mortars in Iraq. Tests showed that C-RAM had a 60 to 70 percent
shoot-down capability. So basically, if there is a mortar or rocket
attack, the C-RAM fires thousands of its rounds to shoot down the
Here’s a picture of a C-RAM from the web:
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available, and was taken from the following websites:
Back in 2005-2006, there used to be frequent mortar attacks, which
earned the base the name “Mortaritaville.”
The C-RAM helps me to
sleep well at night, knowing that we are well defended against any
attack here on JBB. Like I say, it is very safe here on the base.
My biggest fear, actually, is getting hit by one of
the giant trucks or military vehicles that drive all over the base. Of
course, you could get into a traffic accident in Camarillo, CA, just as
easily as here.
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