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MK 41 VLS

Lockheed Martin is a leader in providing vertical launching systems and munitions for the Navy, with products such as the MK 41, the Single Cell Launcher, the Extensible Launching System and the Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket.

MK 41 Vertical Launching System

The MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) is the international launcher of choice for surface ships, providing unparalleled flexibility. As the only launching system capable of simultaneously accommodating the weapon control system and the missiles of every warfighting mission –  anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface and strike – MK 41 can accept any missile into any cell.

Single Cell Launcher

The Single Cell Launcher (SCL) is designed to meet maritime force protection requirements leveraging the latest state-of-the-art MK 41 VLS Launch Control System, MK 25 Quad Pack Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Canister and a new scalable mechanical structure. This design provides for a flexible system that is easily configurable particularly where size and space concerns are paramount, such as for smaller, lighter ship classes like those found in many international navies.

Extensible Launching System

The Extensible Launching System (ExLS) offers a low-cost alternative for integrating new missiles and munitions into the U.S. Navy’s surface combatants equipped with VLS. Essentially a launcher within a launcher, ExLS reuses existing canistered munitions with qualified launch electronics to cut integration costs by more than 50 percent.

ExLS also comes in a standalone variant that enables a ship to launch missiles or munitions regardless of whether or not it is equipped with a VLS.

Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC)

The Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) is the world’s only urgent attack operational anti-submarine warfare weapon for surface ships, providing 360-degree engagement capability, day or night in any weather conditions. The VLA missile system is a three-stage weapon that can deliver either a MK 46 or MK 54 torpedo, making it effective in either open-ocean or littoral waters.

 

MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS)

The MK 41 VLS is the international launcher of choice for surface ships capable of launching anti-air

MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS)

The MK 41 VLS is the international launcher of choice for surface ships capable of launching anti-air

MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS)

An intercept missile launches from the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) during a successful Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense flight test in June, 2008. Photo courtesy Missile Defense Agency.

Extensible Launching System (ExLS)

During a recent test in Australia, Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launching System (ExLS) successfully demonstrated its ability to launch missiles or munitions regardless of whether or not a ship is equipped with a vertical launching system.

Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC)

The Navy recently awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to produce vertical launch anti-submarine (VLA) missile components for its Ticonderoga class cruisers and Arleigh Burke class destroyers equipped with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System.

Single Cell Launcher (SCL)

The Single Cell Launcher (SCL) is designed to meet maritime force protection requirements leveraging the latest state-of-the-art MK 41 VLS Launch Control System, MK 25 Quad Pack Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Canister and a new scalable mechanical structure.

MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS)

An intercept missile launches from the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) during a successful Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense flight test in June, 2008. Photo courtesy Missile Defense Agency.