Lockheed Martin awarded contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Baltimore, Maryland, has been awarded a $147,639,775 undefinitized contract action modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-20-C-5310 for the procurement of MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) vertical launcher module electronic components.

This modification provides the electronic components for MK 41 VLS, which is installed onboard Navy surface combatants (CG-47 and DDG-51 class ships) and multiple allied Navy platforms. MK 41 VLS stores, selects, prepares and launches standard missiles, Tomahawk, Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles.

Work is expected to be completed by March 2025.

This contract combines purchases for the Navy (65%); and the governments of South Korea, Finland and Germany (35%) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

Fiscal 2018 and 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); and FMS funding in the amount of $29,527,952 was obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. (Awarded April 17, 2020)

About the MK 41 VLS
MK 41 VLS adds significant enhanced performance in operational availability, survivability and versatility with minimal staffing and training
requirements. Deployment of MK 41 VLS by 12 navies, in more than 20 different ship classes in more than 180 ships demonstrates
MK 41 VLS launching system can simultaneously accommodate the weapon control system and the missiles of every war-fighting mission area—anti-aircraft, anti-surface, antisubmarine and land attack. The system is designed to accept any missile into any cell—a capability that provides unparalleled flexibility

George Costa

George Costa is a reporter specialized in defence and security systems. He covers international defence and security issues, such as international conflicts, WMD proliferation, and cybersecurity, as well as news reporting on developments in the global defence community.
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