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.
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.
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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Source: US DoD