by Staff Writers
Akron OH (SPX) Jul 10, 2012
US Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $27 million, firm-fixed-price contract to produce components for 22 Vertical Launch anti-submarine (VLA) missiles. A supersonic, urgent attack anti-submarine warfare weapon for Navy cruisers and destroyers, the VLA missile enables a crew to engage a submarine at a safer standoff range.
Stored and launched from Lockheed Martin's MK41 Vertical Launching System, the missile system carries a lightweight torpedo to a designated target area which it deploys to counter a hostile threat.
"Our system successfully defeats submarine threats, which continue to increase worldwide. We have produced more than 1,000 missiles over 20 years, deployed around the world protecting our sailors every day," said Colleen Arthur, program director of Integrated Defense Technologies at Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Sensors business.
"Working with our U.S. Navy customer and using our collective expertise, we continue advancing the reliability, range and effectiveness of the VLA missile."
The VLA missile has exceeded accuracy requirements in its operational and testing performance. Effective in open-ocean and littoral waters, VLA can be fired without maneuvering the ship, even in adverse weather conditions. It provides twice the range of the prior anti-submarine rocket system.
Navies worldwide are expressing interest in VLA missiles as they seek to replace older, unguided, above-deck launched anti-submarine weapons that are reaching the end of their service life.
The work will be performed at Lockheed Martin's Akron, Ohio, facility.
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Two missiles miss targets in Taiwan drill
Chiupeng Military Base, Taiwan (AFP) July 9, 2012
Two of 26 missiles missed their targets when Taiwan's military carried out a live-fire exercise Monday, but officers in charge said they were happy with the result. More than 2,300 soldiers were mobilised in the drill held in Chiupeng, a tightly-guarded missile base facing the Pacific Ocean in Pingtung county in the island's south. The two missiles that missed their targets were a Hsiung ... read more
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