KyleG wrote:Can't find any info on this online so thought I may as well ask here, does anyone know if there's any reason why the latest Phalanx models seem to often come in all over grey rather than grey with a white radome? Might not be any real reason at all, but I'm just a bit curious
In the early 2000s the USN became more concerned with visual "sore spots" that might catch the eye of an optical sensor at long range or in otherwise low visibility. Additionally, there were concerns about how they effect a ship's IR signature and impacting other systems due to being more reflective than the rest of the ship. Gray radomes for the Phalanx were developed by Raytheon in response, and are becoming more common.