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.