DSIAC Journal: Fall 2014, Vol 1 No 2
In an age of increasingly tighter DoD budgets and heightened acquisition scrutiny, leveraging successes has become more important than ever. One shining example is the U.S. Navy’s Aegis Weapon System. This weapon system, which includes the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), has racked up a remarkable track record over the past several decades and appears to be poised for an even greater role in fleet protection and ballistic missile defense. In this fall edition of the DSIAC Journal, our feature Weapons Systems article presents a historical synopsis of the Navy’s VLS and provides a glimpse of emerging research and development (R&D) trends and the expanded roles this exceptional system will fulfill in the future.
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