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  • Do you know why the PHALANX rocket launcher got its name?

    It was named after a tactic the ancient Macedonians used. It consisted of tightly packed rows of heavily armed soldiers. Each one of them protected the man next to him. Alexander the great used that tactic to conquer half the known world!

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    It was named the phalanx because it sounds cool.

    Half the names of the modern military weapons don't make sense whatsoever and has zero connotation to their ancient counterparts.

    ie. Spartan system, Apache helicopter, Tomahawk missile, Samurai, etc
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Snafu112 View Post
      It was named after a tactic the ancient Macedonians used. It consisted of tightly packed rows of heavily armed soldiers. Each one of them protected the man next to him. Alexander the great used that tactic to conquer half the known world!

      CHEERS!
      The Phalanx is not a rocket launcher system.

      It is an anti-missile system that consists of a search and tracking radar, self contained computer system and a 6-barrel 20mm gattling gun firing 3,000 to 4,500 rounds per minute of either Armor-piercing tungsten or depleted uranium discarding sabot rounds.
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      • #4
        And so is likely derived from the concentrated sarisa points that a Macedonian phalanx projected - as defensive as it was offensive. The object being that the phalanx close in weapons system deploys thousands of targeted rounds (sarisa points) in defence of its position - ship or otherwise.
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        Wicked men, you sin against your fathers, who conquered the whole world under Philip and Alexander.

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          Btw, is the OP talking about the Greek phalanx or the Macedonian sarissa phalanx?

          Both types were powerful headon, but both were cumbersome (especially the later) and not flexible...thus requiring support by other infantry and cavalry. What would be the modern equivalent....hmmm
          Surrender? NutZ!
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          Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death. -Sun Tzu

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