Blasting Missiles Out of the Sky

Ships in the United States Navy are armed with a variety of weapons, including 5-inch guns, vertical-launch missiles, advanced antisubmarine torpedoes, and cruise missiles like the Tomahawk. To defend against antiship cruise missiles, ships use a layered defense strategy that consists of surface-to-air missiles for medium-range defense and radar-guided Gatling guns (large-caliber machine guns firing over 100 rounds per second) that are used as a close-in weapon system to counter any threats that have penetrated the ship's outer defenses.

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