The C-RAM System

This post is completely taken from public source information — and contains NO information AT ALL  from any classified source.


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
incoming projectile.

Here’s a picture of a C-RAM from the web:

For all you OPSEC sticklers:  All of the above information is publically
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.


2 Responses

  1. i was a gunner/ operatort on the C-RAM and you are a lil off on ur percentages there, our hit ration when i was there was 9 outta 10 . 9 hit for every 10 rockets or mortars fired, the reason half the time when we did not fire the cram at an incoming target was 1. there was incoming air traffic ie. a blackhawk medevac helicopter inbound 2, it was in an area that was not priority such as an unoccupied area of the base 3, if it was a rocket that was incoming and it was below the guns range ie, was flying inbound at around 25 feet above the ground then the risk of hitting buildings was too high

  2. Of all the times the C-RAM engaged incoming I cant remember an actual successful intercept. And that’s when the incoming was detected. The insurgents figured out that if they put their shells on a shallow enough trajectory our countermeasure systems and alert warning system never even detected an attack.
    I don’t know about the east side but we were getting incoming on an irregular though not infrequent basis on the west side. Going two weeks without an attack was unusual and there were several sustained attacks during my stay which was around the exact same time as the author. I remember right after the US presidential elections we had a sustained mortar attack, the unusual thing being that most of the mortars actually exploded on impact instead of just lodging themselves into the ground and there were more than normal numbers landing inside the wire leading me to think that the local bad guy mortar teams were actively manning their tubes. It’s quite possible that those were the insurgents that got zapped by one of the F-16s. When the F-16s weren’t busy catching fire on takeoff.

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