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MK 41 - VLS

 
Description
The MK 41 VLS is a modular, below deck missile launching system that was originally designed for the Navy’s Aegis-equipped guided missile cruisers to provide air threat protection for naval battle groups. The MK 41 VLS is a multi-missile, multi-mission launcher, capable of launching SM-2, SM-3, SM-6, ESSM, Tomahawk, and Vertical Launch ASROC missiles.
 
Features
Multiple Warfighting Mission Areas:
Anti-Air Warfare (AAW)
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)
Land Attack/Strike

Platforms:
DDG 51 class (DDG 51 – 115)
CG 47 class (CG 52 – 73)
Eleven Allied Nations
 
Background
MK 41 has been in U.S. Navy service since 1986 with the commissioning of USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and is now on more than 76 U.S. surface combatants. MK 41 VLS has proven to be 99.1% reliable, and is proven in combat situations. Of the 750 MK 41 VLS missile firings in Operation Iraqi Freedom, not a single mission was lost or scrubbed due to the MK 41 VLS. MK 41 VLS is installed in 18 different ship classes of U.S. and allied navies, and will be in service well into the 21st century.
 
Point Of Contact
Office of Corporate Communication (SEA 00D)
Naval Sea Systems Command
Washington, D.C. 20376
 
Last Update: 15 November 2013
 
 
SM-3 is launched from the VLS aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 70)