Royal navy's Type 26 combat ship will be equipped with Lockheed Martin's MK 41 VLS
HAVANT, England. Officials at BAE Systems selected Lockheed Martin to equip the Royal navy's new Type 26 Global Combat Ship with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS).
The MK 41 VLS launches anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface, and strike-length missiles. Under contract, each Type 26 will be equipped with three 8-cell MK 41 VLS modules. BAE Systems' initial order includes nine MK 41 VLS modules, enough for the first three ships of the class.
The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will replace the Royal navy's variant Type 23 frigates, officials say. Globally deployable, it will be capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group. The first Type 26 is due to enter service with the Royal navy in the mid-2020s.