The U.S. Department of Defense signed a contract with the U.K.-based protection firm BAE systems for the event of the MK-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS), the Pentagon mentioned in a press release Tuesday, which additionally includes Turkey’s orders that are for use on “I Class” frigates of the Turkish Navy.
The assertion mentioned that some 68% of the $42.eight million contract belongs to the U.S. Navy whereas 11% is from Japan, 6% every from Australia, Norway and the Netherlands and a few 3% belonging to Turkey.
While it has not but specified how most of the MK systems that are used within the transportation and launching of missiles might be produced, the manufacturing might be accomplished in July 2023.
The design of the MK systems belongs to the U.S.’ Lockheed Martin.
“I Class” frigates geared up with MK-41 Vertical Launch Systems will present medium-altitude air protection functionality to ships they’re accompanying.
The system might be utilized in TCG Istanbul, which is the primary “I Class” frigate, also called the “Stack Class” of the Turkish Navy.
The Turkish Naval Forces Command accomplished the design of “I Class” frigates inside two years, stylish on the Ada Class Corvette designs.
Turkey, in the meantime, can be creating nationwide vertical launch systems.
It is said that the home air protection systems might be used for the TCG İzmir (F-516), TCG Izmit (F-517) and TCG İçel (F-518) frigates.