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Mk-41 Vertical Launching System (VLS)
 

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The Mk 41 Vertical Launching System / VLS is a modular, below deck, canister missile launching system that was originally designed for the Navy’s Aegis-equipped guided missile cruisers to provide air threat protection for naval battle groups. The Mk 41 VLS is a multi-missile, multi-mission launcher, capable of launching SM-2, SM-3, SM-6, ESSM, Tomahawk, and Vertical Launch ASROC missiles.

The Mk 41 is capable of firing the following missiles: RIM-66 Standard, RIM-67 Standard, RIM-161 Standard Missile 3, RIM-174 Standard ERAM, RGM-109 Tomahawk, RUM-139 VL-ASROC, RIM-7 Sea Sparrow, and RIM-162 ESSM. The missiles are pre-loaded into "canisters", which are then loaded into the individual "cells" of the launcher. The ESSM is loaded in a quad-pack with 4 missiles in one Mk 25 canister. Launcher cells are fitted to ships in 8 cell (2 rows of 4) modules that share a common uptake hatch (exhaust system) sited between the two rows. Mk 41 VLS adopts modular design concept, which result in different versions that vary in size and weight due to different "canisters" in various modules. The height (missile length) of the launcher comes in three sizes: 209 inches (5.3 m) for the self-defense version, 266 inches (6.8 m) for the tactical version, and 303 inches (7.7 m) for the strike version. The empty weight for an 8-cell module is 26,800 pounds (12,200 kg) for the self-defense version, 29,800 pounds (13,500 kg) for the tactical version, and 32,000 pounds (15,000 kg) for the strike version. Originally, one module would consist of five cells and a collapsible crane for assisting with replenishment at sea, but replenishment of large missiles at sea was later seen as impractical and dangerous, and modules with the cranes fell out of use.

Features:
Anti-Air Warfare (AAW)
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)
Land Attack/Strike

Manufacturer:
Martin Marietta Corp.
Lockheed Martin (since 1995)

Models:
Mk 41 / Mod.0 - Ticonderoga class CG (61 cells forward & aft)
Mk 41 / Mod.1 - Spruance class DD (61 cells forward)
Mk 41 / Mod.2 - Arleigh Burke class DDG / DDG 51-78 (29 cells forward, 61 cells aft)
Mk 41 / Mod.3 - Brandenburg class Frigate / Germany (16 cells)
Mk 41 / Mod.5 - Anzac class Frigate / Australia (8 cells)
Mk 41 / Mod.7 - Arleigh Burke class DDG / DDG 79-91 (32 cells forward, 64 cells aft)
Mk 41 / Mod.8 - Barbaros class Frigate / Turkey (16 cells)
Mk-41 / Mod.9 - De Zeven Provincien class Frigate / Netherlands (40 cells)
Mk 41 / Mod.10 - Sachsen class Frigate / Germany (32 cells)
Mk 41 / Mod.15 - Arleigh Burke class DDG / DDG 92 and up (32 cells forward, 64 cells aft)
Mk 41 / Mod.16 - Adelaide class Frigate / Australia (8 cells)

Used for:
RIM-66 Standard Missile MR
RIM-67 Standard Missile ER
RIM-161 Standard Missile 3
RIM-174 Standard ERAM
RIM-7 Sea Sparrow
RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)
RGM-109 Tomahawk
RUM-139 VL-ASROC



In use:
Australia: Adelaide class Frigate (8 cells)
Anzac class Frigate (8 cells)
Hobart class Destroyer (48 cells)
Hunter class Frigate (planned)
Canada: Iroquois class Destroyer (29 cells)
Denmark:  Iver Huitfeldt class Frigate (32 cells)
Germany: Sachsen class Frigate (32 cells)
Brandenburg class Frigate (16 cells)
Japan: Asahi class Destroyer (32 cells)
Atago class Destroyer (96 cells)
Kongou class Destroyer (90 cells)
Hyuga class Helicopter Destroyer (16 cells)

Murasame class Destroyer (16 cells)
Takanami class Destroyer (32 cells)
Akizuki class Destroyer (32 cells)
Netherlands: De Zeven Provincien class Frigate (40 cells)
Norway: Fridtjof Nansen class Frigate (8 or 16 cells)
New Zealand: Anzac class Frigate (8 cells)
South Korea: Chungmugong Yi Sun Shin class Destroyer (32 cells)
King Sejong the Great class Destroyer (80 cells)
Spain: Alvaro de Bazan class Frigate (48 cells)
Thailand: Naresuan class Frigate (8 cells)
Turkey: Gaziantep class Frigate (8 cells)
Barbaros class Frigate (16 cells)
USA: Spruance class Destroyer (61 cells)
Arleigh Burke class Destroyer (90 or 96 cells)
Ticonderoga class Cruiser (122 cells)
  
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forward Mk-41 VLS (29 cells) aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 70)

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forward Mk-41 VLS (29 cells) aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74)

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forward Mk-41 VLS (29 cells) aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72)

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forward Mk-41 VLS (29 cells) aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS Vicksburg (CG 69)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS Vicksburg (CG 69)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS Hue City (CG 66)

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forward Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS San Jacinto (CG 56)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)

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Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)

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Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS Hue City (CG 66)

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Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Stout (DDG 55)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard USS Stout (DDG 55)

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aft Mk-41 VLS (64 cells) aboard USS Pinckney (DDG 91)

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Mk-41 VLS (32 cells) aboard a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Akizuki class Destroyer

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forward Mk-41 VLS (29 cells) aboard a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Kongou class DDG

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aft Mk-41 VLS (61 cells) aboard a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Kongou class DDG

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Mk-41 VLS (8 cells) aboard a Royal Norwegian Navy Fridtjof Nansen class Frigate

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Mk-41 VLS (8 cells) aboard a Royal Norwegian Navy Fridtjof Nansen class Frigate

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Mk-41 VLS (16 cells) aboard a Royal Norwegian Navy Fridtjof Nansen class Frigate

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a RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was launched from the Mk-41 VLS aboard a Royal Norwegian Navy Fridtjof Nansen class Frigate

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a RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was launched from the Mk-41 VLS aboard a Royal Norwegian Navy Fridtjof Nansen class Frigate

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Mk-41 VLS (8 cells) aboard a Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac class Frigate

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Mk-41 VLS (8 cells) aboard a Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac class Frigate

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8-cell Mk-41 VLS aboard a Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac class Frigate

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Mk-41 VLS (16 cells) aboard a German Navy Brandenburg class Frigate

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Mk-41 VLS (16 cells) aboard a German Navy Brandenburg class Frigate

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RGM-109 Tomahawk launch from the forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Pinckney (DDG 91)

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RGM-109 Tomahawk launch from the forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Pinckney (DDG 91)

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RGM-109 Tomahawk launch from the forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Farragut (DDG 99)

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RIM-161 Standard Missile SM-3 was launched from the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 71)

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RIM-161 Standard Missile SM-3 was launched from the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 71)

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RIM-161 Standard Missile SM-3 was launched from the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 71)

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a missile canister was installed into the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)

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a missile canister was loaded into the aft Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65)

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a missile canister was loaded into the forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Ramage (DDG 61)

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a missile canister was loaded into the forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Ramage (DDG 61)

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a missile canister was loaded on USS Pinckney (DDG 91)

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VLS missile canisters were prepared for loading on USS Pinckney (DDG 91)

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a missile canister was removed from the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54)

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VLS loading crane aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)

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VLS loading crane aboard USS Hopper (DDG 70)

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VLS loading crane

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a 8-cell module was installed into a Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Bunker Hill (CG 52)

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a 8-cell module was installed into a Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Mobile Bay (CG 53)

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