U.S. Navy officials chose Dynamics Research Corp. (DRC) in Andover, Mass., to supply embedded computing board products for the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), Next Generation (NG-2) equipment and to perform environmental testing.
DRC will supply 10 single-board computer circuit card assemblies, 30 video circuit card assemblies, and 44 transition modules for the next-generation VLS system under terms of a contract that will be negotiated with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Philadelphia Site.
The MK 41 Vertical Launching System, built by Lockheed Martin Corp. Naval Mission Systems and Sensors Marine Systems in Baltimore, is a standard in shipborne missile launching systems that fires missiles for anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, strike warfare, ship self-defense, and anti-surface warfare.
The Navy deploys MK 41 VLS on AEGIS-equipped, Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Spruance- and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The system aboard next-generation surface warships will fire munitions-such as Standard Missiles, Tomahawk missiles, and Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs)-quickly from canisters against hostile threats. The launcher consists of an eight-cell missile module able to launch missiles used against hostile aircraft, missiles, and surface units. The Mk 25 Quad-Pack enables the system to store and fire four ESSMs in a canister space that normally contains one missile.