United Defense has received a $44 million contract for the production of Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) subassemblies, services and spares.
The $44 million award covers the build of four shipsets of Mk 41 VLS launcher hardware for the US Navy and foreign military sales customers. If options under the VLS contract are exercised, the estimated total value of this contract will exceed $113 million and run through to 2007.
The Mk 41 VLS, a below-deck missile launching system, was originally designed for the Navy’s Aegis guided missile cruisers to provide air threat protection for naval battle groups.
The VLS has since evolved into a multi-missile, multi-mission launcher that is capable of launching missiles for every threat in naval warfare, including anti-air, anti-submarine, ship self-defence, land attack, and ballistic missile defence.
Production under this contract will take place at United Defense’s Aberdeen, South Dakota facility, with Installation and Checkout (INCO) support services provided at various shipyards in both the United States and abroad.