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Fleet Ballistic Missiles

The Navy’s Phalanx Close-In Weapon Program, for example, is a 20-mm Gatling gun controlled by a radar that can engage targets at a range of about a mile or much less. The Army has fielded a truck-based version of the system for defense against artillery and mortar rounds. There have also been proposals for improved cannon that shoot pretty high-velocity projectiles—so-named hypervelocity guns—to defeat speedy-moving targets. Efforts are also beneath way to create directed-energy weapons such as lasers or microwaves with enough energy to defeat missiles or artillery projectiles in flight, and prototype systems are being tested. In November 2002,...