The Raytheon corporation has announced that its new Vertical Launch System (VLS),
under development for DD(X)-class destroyers, has been officially designated as
the Mk 57. The Mk 57 VLS will be the successor of the combat proven Mk 41 VLS.
The Vertical Launch System Mk 57 is being designed for DD(X) ship and was
previously known as the Peripheral Vertical Launch System (PVLS). The Mk 57
development will be carried out jointly between Raytheon and United Defense.
The Mk 57 VLS will reduce ownership costs by lowering manning requirements over
current Mk 41 system, as well as facilitate the US Navy's open architecture
vision for ship electronic systems.
It will be able to fire all the missiles currently in the US Navy inventory, as
well as those projected to be fielded in the future. The Mk 57 will allow to
fire lightweight weapons such as the ESSM and heavyweight ones such as the
Standard SM-3 missile.
The Mk 57 VLS is expected to be provided to other US Navy ships such as the CG(X)
cruiser, and to be available for foreign navies programs under Foreign Military
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