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Naval Warfare

VLS demand drives contract modifications for Lockheed and DRS

22nd May 2020 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems and DRS Laurel Technologies were each awarded contracts from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center on 21 May, for work in support of the Vertical Launch System (VLS).  

A $48.97 million contract modification for Lockheed Martin will see it exercise options for production of additional MK 5 Mod 2 launch sequencers. The company is expected to complete work by April 2022.

DRS Laurel Technologies will exercise options to manufacture, assemble, test and deliver additional Mk 235 Mod 11 and Mod 12 production units, under a $26.05 million contract modification. It will complete this work by February 2021.

The VLS provides area and self-defence and anti-air warfare capabilities, as well as counter-air and land attack cruise missile defence and surface/ASW capabilities.

Each VLS is equipped with two redundant launch control units,  which are electrically interfaced with all of the launch sequencers in the system.

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