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BAE Systems Receives $41.1 Million Contract for Mk 13 & Mk 25 Canisters


MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota - BAE Systems received a $41.1 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the procurement of Mk 13 Mod 0 Canisters and Mk 25 Mod 0 Canisters. The canisters provide safe storage, transport, and launch capabilities for the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS).

“BAE Systems has been supplying the U.S. Navy with missile launching canisters for battle-proven systems for more than two decades,” said Gary Tatge, program director of Navy Launching Systems for BAE Systems. “More importantly, the Mk 13 and Mk 25 contribute to systems that provide critical defensive weapon support to Sailors, giving them an advantage at sea and keeping them safe.”

The Mk 13 Canister is used to fire the Standard Missile-2, Block II and III while the Mk 25 Canister is used to fire the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM). This canister is unique in that four ESSMs are stored and fired in a space normally occupied by one missile.

This contract supports the U.S. Navy and the governments of Japan, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, and Australia under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed at the BAE Systems facility in Aberdeen, South Dakota and is expected to conclude in May 2011.

BAE Systems is the U.S. Navy’s exclusive design agent and worldwide supplier of Mk 41 VLS Canisters.


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