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Mk 41 VERTICAL LAUNCHING SYSTEM (VLS)

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Explain the purpose/function of the Mk 41 vertical launching system (VLS). Identify the major components and Mod differences of the VLS.

Figure 7-38.-Personnel access trunk. 7-42

We will now discuss the physical and functional characteristics of the Mk 41 Mods 0, 1, and 2 VLSs. The Mk 41 Mod 0 VLS is used with the AEGIS, Tomahawk, and underwater weapon systems onboard CG-47 and CG-52 and up class ships. The Mk 41 Mod 1 is used with the Tomahawk and underwater weapon systems onboard DD-963 class ships. The Mk 41 Mod 2 is used with the AEGIS, Tomahawk, and underwater weapon systems onboard DDG-51 class ships.

DESCRIPTION AND CAPABILITIES

The VLS (figs. 7-39, 7-40, and 7-41) is a multipurpose launching system that can load/accept, stow, select, prepare for launch, and launch the Standard missile Type 2 (SM-2), the Tomahawk cruise missiles, and the vertical launch antisubmarine rocket (ASROC VLA) against air, surface, land, or subsurface targets.

The missiles are contained in separate sealed canisters that are installed vertically below deck in

Figure 7-39.-Vertica1 Launching System Mk 41 Mod 0.

Figure 7-40.-Vertica1 Launching System Mk 41 Mod 1.

Figure 7-41.-Vertical Launching System Mk 41 Mod 2.

Figure 7-42.-Launcher Control Unit Mk 211 Mod 0.

individual cells of a vertical launcher. The Mk 41 Mod 0 VLS on CG-47 and -52 and up class ships has both a forward and aft launcher with 61 cells in each. The Mk 41 Mod 1 VLS on DD-963 class ships has a single, forward 61-cell launcher. The Mk 41 Mod 2 VLS on DDG-51 class ships has an aft launcher with 61 cells and a forward launcher with 29 cells.



 


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