The prime has secured a contract to deliver additional VLS canisters to the US Navy.
US Department of Defence has awarded a US$76 million ($98 million) contract to BAE Systems, which has been tasked with supplying additional vertical launch system (VLS) canisters for the US Navy’s guided-missile cruisers and destroyers.
The canisters — used for storing, transporting, and firing a range of offensive and defensive missiles from the decks of Navy vessels — are to be delivered to Mk 13, Mk 14, Mk 25, Mk 29 and other Navy hardware.
The contract is also expected to support purchases from the governments of Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, and Turkey under a foreign military sales program.
The VLS canisters are designed to provide identification and firing support to multiple missile types, including the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM), Standard Missile-2, Standard Missile-3, Standard Missile-6, the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile and the vertical launch anti-submarine rocket known as ASROC.
“The VLS is a highly-survivable and versatile system and our canisters play a key role in equipping the Navy with this world-class capability,” Brent Butcher, vice president of the weapon systems product line at BAE Systems, said.
“BAE Systems has partnered with the Navy and its allies for more than 30 years to provide them with the most flexible and reliable weapon systems to execute a variety of missions effectively, and we look forward to continuing that commitment with this VLS technology.”