BAE supplying more launch system hardware

April 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM

ARLINGTON, Va., April 17 (UPI) -- BAE Systems is providing an additional Aegis missile launching set for a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke destroyer under a $22.9 million contract modification.

The modification covering the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, for the Arleigh Burke DDG-116, part of the DDG-51 class program, requires BAE to supply an additional hardware for an Aegis Ashore anti-missile system in Europe, the first land-based Aegis system on the continent.

The MK 41 is a missile launch canister system, in which the missiles are placed before the canister is loaded into launch cells. It can accommodate Standard missiles, Tomahawk cruise missiles and others.

"We're thrilled to continue our support for the U.S. Navy by providing the Mk 41 VLS for the DDG-51 program," said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems' Weapons Systems business.

"The Mk 41 VLS provides a number of key capabilities that support a wide range of missions onboard the Navy's major combatants."

BAE Systems was awarded a contract for Mk 41 VLS mechanical components last June.

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