BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P. was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract, worth around $24 million, in support of the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS).
This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of new Mk 41 VLS canisters (Mk 13 Mod 0, Mk 14 Mod 2, Mk 15 Mod 1; Mk 21–Mod 2, Mod 3 and Mod 4; Mk 25–Mod 0 and Mod 1; and Mk 29 Mod 0); ancillary hardware; spares and associated support equipment. Additionally, it provides for the upgrade, renew, refurbish and/or repair of the canisters listed above, as well as Mk 14 Mod 1 and Mk 15 Mod 0.
This contract combines purchases for the government of Japan (68%); the government of Denmark (29%); the government of Korea (2%); and the U.S. Navy (1%) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Mk 41 VLS system is installed onboard U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, Royal Danish Navy’ Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates and multiple vessel classes of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSF).
The contract also includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to around $954.5 million. The U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) 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 completed by May 2021. If all options are exercised, work will continue through May 2024.
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.