Surface Combatant Weapon System

Mk-48 Vertical Launching System (VLS)

for RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Missile and RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)

 

 

Mk-48 Mod.0 vertical launching system VLS RIM-7 Sea Sparrow RIM-162 ESSM Halifax Frigate

Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS (8 cells) aboard a Canadian Navy Halifax-class Frigate

 

 

The 2-cell module of Mk-48 makes the system very versatile, enables it to be installed in spaces that otherwise cannot be utilized. The weight of a 2-cell module of Mk-48 is 1,450 pounds (with empty canisters), 725 pounds for exhaust system, and 800 pounds for ship installation interfaces. Each canister of the Mk-48 VLS houses a single RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile or RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM).

 

 

Used for:

RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Missile

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)

 

 

Variants / used on:

 

Mod.0: “on-deck” (16 RIM-7 Sea Sparrow or RIM-162 ESSM)

Canadian Halifax class Frigate

Japanese Murasame class Destroyer

 

Mod.1: “bulkhead” (16 RIM-7 Sea Sparrow or RIM-162 ESSM)

Netherlands Karel Doorman class Frigate

 

Mod.2: “in-deck” (16 RIM-7 Sea Sparrow or RIM-162 ESSM)

Hellenic Hydra class Frigate

South Korean Gwanggaeto the Great class Destroyer

 

Mod.3: “compact module” (6 RIM-7 Sea Sparrow or RIM-162 ESSM)

Royal Danish Navy STANFLEX modular mission payload system

Royal Danish Navy Niels Juel class Corvette

 

images

 

Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS (8 cells) aboard a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax class Frigate (Royal Canadian Department of National Defense photo)

 

 

Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS for RIM-7 Sea Sparrow RIM-162 ESSM royal canadian navy halifax class frigate

Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS (2 x 8 cells) aboard HMCS Winnipeg (FFH-338) (Royal Canadian Department of National Defense photo)

 

mk 48 mod 0 vertical launching system vls sea sparrow murasame class destroyer

Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS (16 cells) aboard a Japan Self Defense Force Murasame class Destroyer

 

Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS for RIM-7 Sea Sparrow RIM-162 ESSM Murasame class destroyer jmsdf

Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS (16 cells) aboard a Japan Self Defense Force Murasame class Destroyer

 

mk 48 mod 0 sea sparrow vertical launching system vls murasame class destroyer jmsdf

Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS (16 cells) aboard a Japan Self Defense Force Murasame class Destroyer

 

Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS for RIM-7 Sea Sparrow RIM-162 ESSM Karel Doorman class frigate

Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS (16 cells) aboard a Netherlands Karel Doorman class Frigate

 

Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS for RIM-7 Sea Sparrow RIM-162 ESSM bulkhead Karel Doorman class FF-18 Almirante Riveros

Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS (16 cells) aboard Chilean Frigate CNS Almirante Riveros (FF-18) (ex HNLMS Tjerk Hiddes)

 

 

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