Lockheed Martin's Extensible Launcher System (ExLS) three-cell stand-alone launcher has been selected for two naval surface combatant programmes, the company has confirmed.
Speaking to Jane's at Undersea Defence Technology 2019 (UDT 2019), a company spokesperson said the ExLS launcher has been selected for the Brazilian Navy's new corvette programme by Águas Azuis - a consortium comprising Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and Embraer. Selection of Aguis Azuis, offering a TKMS MEKO A-100 corvette design, was announced in March.
The launcher is also set to be installed on the Royal Canadian Navy's Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), the spokesperson said. A team led by Lockheed Martin Canada, offering a derivative of the United Kingdom's Type 26 Global Combat Ship, was selected as the preferred bidder for the CSC programme by prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding in October 2018 and subsequently awarded the design contract in February 2019.
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