USA: BAE Systems Signs USD 55 Million Mk 41 VLS Contract


BAE Systems has been awarded a $55 million contract for manufacturing Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) mechanical components and assemblies. The Mk 41 VLS provides a missile launching system for CG 47 and DDG 51 class surface combatants, and Aegis Ashore requirements for the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground Ballistic Missile Defense Program.

The Mk 41 is the primary missile launching system aboard Navy combatants used to store, protect and launch various missiles. BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin are teamed to build the overall VLS.

“BAE Systems’ proven missile launching system will provide offensive and defensive capabilities for current and future naval surface combatants,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of weapon systems for BAE Systems. “We look forward to providing our men and women in uniform with the protection they need to patrol waters across the globe safely and efficiently.”

The launchers will be installed in three different Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers –DDG 113, 114 and 115. Each ship will receive two launchers for a total of six. Production on the missile launchers will begin in June 2011 and run through 2013. They will be produced at five different sites, including Aberdeen, S.D.; Aiken, S.C.; York, Pa.; Louisville, Ky.; and Fridley, Minn.

BAE Systems continues to support the U.S. Navy by developing and manufacturing products to enhance performance, safety, and mission success at sea and ashore.
Source: Baesystems, June 23, 2011;