BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP is awarded a contract modification, worth around $99 million, from the U.S. Navy for MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) canister production and ancillary hardware.
This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (85%); and the government of Japan (15%) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
This option exercise provides for the manufacture and delivery of MK 14 Mod 2; MK 21 (Mod 2, Mod 3, and Mod 4); and MK 29 (Mod 0) canisters and ancillary hardware. The VLS canisters serve as the missile shipping containers and launch tubes when loaded into VLS modules.
Fiscal 2020, 2019 weapons procurement (Navy); FMS 2019 Japan funds; and 2020 defense-wide procurement funds for the modification amount will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Department of the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) at Washington Navy Yard is the contracting activity (N00024-20-C-5380).
Work will be performed in Aberdeen, South Dakota (90%); and Minneapolis, Minnesota (10%) and is expected to be complete by April 2022.
Mk 41 VLS
The Mk 41 VLS is a shipborne missile canister launching system which provides a rapid-fire launch capability against hostile threats.
The Mk 41 is capable of firing the following missiles: RIM-66 Standard, RIM-67 Standard, RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-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.
The height (missile length) of the launcher comes in three sizes: 209 inches (5.3 m) for the self-defense version, 266 inches (6.8 m) for the tactical version, and 303 inches (7.7 m) for the strike version.