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16 décembre 2014 2 16 /12 /décembre /2014 17:20
Lockheed Martin Selected To Continue Building MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems For U.S. Navy

Baltimore, Md., Dec. 15, 2014 – Lockheed Martin


The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $235 million contract to continue building MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) with options that, if exercised, would increase the value to $356 million.

The VLS fires a wide range of missiles, primarily off of U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers. Since the first launcher rolled off of the Lockheed Martin production line in 1984, the systems have been combat proven with more than 3,800 successful firings worldwide, deployment by the U.S. and 12 allied navies on nearly 200 ships representing 21 ship classes.

“We are proud to continue building these launchers and bring this significant capability to the U.S. Navy for its critical missions as we have for 32 years,” said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed Martin. “The fact that the VLS can launch any type of missile from any cell brings unparalleled flexibility in addressing threats from land, air and sea.”

Under this contract which extends through 2022, Lockheed Martin will produce the launch control units, various electrical boxes and the mechanical structure, and perform final assembly and test. The company is also under contract to conduct repairs, distribute, store and manage spare parts for the MK 41 system for the U.S. Navy.

Work will be performed primarily in Baltimore, Md.

MK 41 VLS is the only launching system that can simultaneously accommodate the weapon control system and the missiles of every warfighting mission area—anti-aircraft, anti-surface, antisubmarine and land attack. The system is designed to accept any missile into any cell.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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13 septembre 2013 5 13 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
MBDA & LM co-operation achieves 1st missile launch from a MK 41 launcher using ExLS

Sep 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : MBDA


MBDA and Lockheed Martin demonstrated the first launch of a Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) from Lockheed Martin’s MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) launcher using the host variant of the Extensible Launching System (ExLS).


This is the first test by MBDA and Lockheed Martin since the May 2013 announcement of cooperation between the two companies to offer MBDA missile systems for use with the MK 41 and ExLS family of launchers. The test used MBDA’s soft vertical launch technology to eject the CAMM from its canister and position the missile for main motor ignition. The trial is the first in a series to demonstrate that the CAMM can be installed using ExLS in vessels that use the MK 41 launcher or on the 3-cell stand-alone ExLS CAMM launcher.


Announcing the result of the trial, Paul Mead, Business Development Director for MBDA said, “This first CAMM trial is an example of how MBDA and Lockheed Martin are offering the global MK 41 customer base a real choice in which missile they use. The missile offers a wide range of benefits, not least its active seeker, as well as low impact of installation on-board due to the soft vertical launch method. This is the start of what we hope will be a wider range of MBDA missile systems available to Lockheed Martin vertical launcher users.”


“The multi-missile MK 41 VLS has fundamentally changed the way world navies think about sea-launched weapons by providing the flexibility to respond to numerous threats," said George Barton, vice president of business development of Ship & Aviation Systems for Lockheed Martin's Mission System and Training business. "Our partnership with MBDA allows us to grow the MK 41 multi-missile capability and offer our customers an outstanding VLS launcher alternative.”


Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with MBDA, is developing a 3-cell stand-alone ExLS CAMM launcher for those navies whose ships cannot accommodate the larger MK 41 VLS but desire the superior missile packing density, survivability and reliability that the 8-cell MK 41 launcher has been offering for over 30 years to 13 navies worldwide.


The trial was carried out on the 10th of September near Bedford, England, using a MK 41 launcher outfitted with a host ExLS.

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29 juin 2013 6 29 /06 /juin /2013 11:20
BAE Systems wins work on missile canister

ARLINGTON, Va., June 28 (UPI)


A U.S. Navy contract has been given to BAE Systems for engineering and technical services for improving the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System for missiles.


Under the three-year award, BAE Systems will develop technical solutions for new canister and missile integration. Tasks will include work on the design of a new canister and launcher in support of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program, development of the MK 29 canister, and Aegis Ashore systems.


"This contract and our long history on this program demonstrates our sought-after expertise in developing superior products for our sailors and is a testament to the overall effectiveness of the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System," said Chris Hughes, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems.


BAE said the contract ceiling ($91.4 million) will be reached through an incremental funding process. The initial award funding is $6.3 million.


Work on the project will be performed at a BAE Systems facility in Minnesota.

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