Mk 41 Self Defense Launcher  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Mk 41 SCL and Mk 41 Single Cell Launcher
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin and United Defense
Parent System: Mk 41
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1986
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Mk 41 Strike Length and Mk 41 Tactical Length
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Description: The Mk 41 is the standard Vertical Launch System employed by the US Navy fighting ships to store and launch a wide spectrum of naval missiles. It is installed below deck on surface ships in 13 different configurations ranging from a single module with 8-cell to 16 modules with 128-cell.

The Mk 41 Self Defense Launcher (Mk 41 SDL) has been designed specifically for ship self-defense ranging from corvettes to aircraft carriers with limited hull space and deck. The MK 41 SDL is the smaller and shorter version of Mk 41 VLS family.

The Mk 41 VLS has been adopted by the navies of Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Republic of Korea (RoK), Norway, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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