The US Navy Plans to Repair and Upgrade the MK-41 Vertical Launch System

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US Navy plans to repair and upgrade the MK-41 Vertical Launch System, according contract between Lockheed Martin and the US Department of Defense, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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Work will be performed in Ventura, California (65%); various contractor supplier locations throughout the U.S. (23%); and various contractor divisions located in Clearwater, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; and La Mesa, Mexico (collectively 12% as breakdown cannot be determined at this time).

The total value of the contract is about $86 million.

The Mark 41 Vertical Launching System (Mk 41 VLS) is a shipborne missile canister launching system which provides a rapid-fire launch capability against hostile threats. The Vertical Launch System (VLS) concept was derived from work on the Aegis Combat System.

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The Mk 41 is capable of firing the following missiles: RIM-66 Standard, RIM-67 Standard, RIM-161 Standard Missile 3, RIM-174 Standard ERAM, RGM-109 Tomahawk, RUM-139 VL-ASROC, RIM-7 Sea Sparrow, and RIM-162 ESSM. The missiles are pre-loaded into “canisters”, which are then loaded into the individual “cells” of the launcher.

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BulgarianMilitary.com
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Source: US DoD

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