PHILADELPHIA, 26 Sept. 2010.Embedded computing engineers at Sabtech Industries Inc. in Yorba Linda, Calif., will provide the U.S. Navy with 44 dual channel Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) databus interface type E circuit card assemblies and 106 dual channel type D circuit card assemblies for the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), Next Generation (NG-2) Launch Control Units (LCU) under terms of a $1.4 million contract awarded late last week.
Sabtech will do the military circuit board work for officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's Philadelphia Site in Philadelphia. The Navy announced plans to buy these NTDS circuit cards from Sabtech last July.
The MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), built by the Lockheed Martin Corp. Naval Mission Systems and Sensors (MS2) Marine Systems unit in Baltimore, is a standard in shipborne missile launching system that fires missiles for anti-air warfare, antisubmarine warfare, ship self-defense, strike warfare, and anti-surface warfare.
The Navy deploys MK 41 VLS on AEGIS-equipped Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Spruance- and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and will use this system aboard next-generation surface warships to fire munitions such as the Standard Missile, Tomahawk missile, and Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs).
VLS is able to fire missiles quickly from canisters against hostile threats. The missile 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.