Lockheed Martin is a leader in providing vertical launching systems and munitions for the Navy, with products such as the MK 41, the Single Cell Launcher, the Extensible Launching System and the Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket.
The MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) is the international launcher of choice for surface ships, providing unparalleled flexibility. As the only launching system capable of simultaneously accommodating the weapon control system and the missiles of every warfighting mission – anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface and strike – MK 41 can accept any missile into any cell.
The Single Cell Launcher (SCL) is designed to meet maritime force protection requirements leveraging the latest state-of-the-art MK 41 VLS Launch Control System, MK 25 Quad Pack Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Canister and a new scalable mechanical structure. This design provides for a flexible system that is easily configurable particularly where size and space concerns are paramount, such as for smaller, lighter ship classes like those found in many international navies.
The Extensible Launching System (ExLS) offers a low-cost alternative for integrating new missiles and munitions into the U.S. Navy’s surface combatants equipped with VLS. Essentially a launcher within a launcher, ExLS reuses existing canistered munitions with qualified launch electronics to cut integration costs by more than 50 percent.
ExLS also comes in a standalone variant that enables a ship to launch missiles or munitions regardless of whether or not it is equipped with a VLS.
The Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) is the world’s only urgent attack operational anti-submarine warfare weapon for surface ships, providing 360-degree engagement capability, day or night in any weather conditions. The VLA missile system is a three-stage weapon that can deliver either a MK 46 or MK 54 torpedo, making it effective in either open-ocean or littoral waters.
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