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Surface Vessel Weapon System
Mk-48 Vertical Launching System (VLS)
for RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Mssile and RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)
   
 
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The 2-cell module of Mk. 48 makes the system very versatile and enables it to be installed on board in spaces that otherwise cannot be utilized. The weight of a 2-cell module of Mk-48 is 660 kg (1,450 lbs) (with empty canisters), 330 kg (725 lbs) for exhaust system, and 360 kg (800 lbs) for ship installation interfaces.

Each canister of the Mk-48 VLS houses a single RIM-7VL (Vertically Launched) Sea Sparrow cell or two RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) cells, though, with modification, other missiles can also be launched.


There are a total of four models in the Mk 48 family:

Mod.0: “on-deck” (2x RIM-7 Sea Sparrow or 4x RIM-162 ESSM)
Canadian Halifax class Frigate
Japanese Murasame class Destroyer


Mod.1: “bulkhead” (2x RIM-7 Sea Sparrow or 4x RIM-162 ESSM)
Netherlands Karel Doorman class Frigate

Mod.2: “in-deck” (16x RIM-7 Sea Sparrow or 32x RIM-162 ESSM)
Hellenic Hydra class Frigate
South Korean Gwanggaeto the Great class Destroyer

Mod.3: “compact module” (6x RIM-7 Sea Sparrow or 12x RIM-162 ESSM)
Royal Danish Navy STANFLEX modular mission payload system
Iver Huitfeldt class Guided Missile Frigate
Absalon class Command & Control Ship / Frigate
Knud Rasmussen class Offshore Patrol Vessel
Thetis class Offshore Patrol Frigate
Navy Niels Juel class Corvette
Diana class Patrol Vessel
Flyvefisken class Patrol Vessel


Mod 0/1/2 are usually grouped into either a 16-cell module for RIM-7VL or a 32-cell module for RIM-162

mk. 48 vls vertical launching system gmvls rim-7 rim-162 evolved sea sparrow missile essm nato sam 02 technical data sheet

The successor of the Mk. 48 VLS is the Mark 56 Guided Missile Vertical Launching System (Mk. 56 GMVLS).
In comparison to its predecessor, the Mk 56 utilizes a greater percentage of composite material, reducing the weight by more than 20%.
  
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Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS (2x8 cells) aboard a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax class Frigate

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Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS (2x8 cells) aboard a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax class Frigate

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

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

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RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile was launched from the Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS aboard a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax class Frigate

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Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS (2x8 cells) aboard HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338)


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Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS aboard a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Murasame class Destroyer

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Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS aboard a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Murasame class Destroyer

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Mk-48 Mod.0 VLS aboard a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Murasame class Destroyer


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Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS aboard a Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doorman class Frigate

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Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS aboard a Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doorman class Frigate

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Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS aboard a Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doorman class Frigate

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Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS aboard a Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doorman class Frigate

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

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Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS aboard the Royal Belgian Navy Karel Doorman class Frigate F 930 BNS Leopold I

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Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS aboard the Royal Belgian Navy Karel Doorman class Frigate F 930 BNS Leopold I

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Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS aboard the Royal Belgian Navy Karel Doorman class Frigate F 930 BNS Leopold I

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16-cell Mk-48 Mod.1 VLS aboard the Royal Belgian Navy Karel Doorman class Frigate F 930 BNS Leopold I


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two 6-cell Mk-48 Mod.3 VLS aboard a Royal Danish Navy Niels Juel class Corvette

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two 6-cell Mk-48 Mod.3 VLS aboard a Royal Danish Navy Niels Juel class Corvette

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two 6-cell Mk-48 Mod.3 VLS aboard a Royal Danish Navy Niels Juel class Corvette

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two 6-cell Mk-48 Mod.3 VLS aboard a Royal Danish Navy Niels Juel class Corvette

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6-cell Mk-48 Mod.3 VLS aboard a Royal Danish Navy Niels Juel class Corvette with no RIM-7 Sea Sparrow tubes loaded

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6-cell Mk-48 Mod.3 VLS aboard a Royal Danish Navy Flyvefisken class Patrol Vessel

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6-cell Mk-48 Mod.3 VLS aboard a Royal Danish Navy Flyvefisken class Patrol Vessel

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6-cell Mk-48 Mod.3 VLS aboard a Royal Danish Navy Flyvefisken class Patrol Vessel
 
  
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