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BAE Systems promotes its Adaptable Deck Launching System at SNA 2024.

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At SNA 2024, BAE Systems introduced its Adaptable Deck Launching System. This system, designed with a low elevation and for mounting on decks, can be adapted to various platforms and is aimed at providing air defense capabilities against missile threats.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Adaptable Deck Launching System. (Picture source: BAE Systems)

The ADL comes in two primary configurations based on length: the Tactical Length Launcher and the Strike Length Launcher. The Tactical Length Launcher dimensions are 284 inches in length, 152 inches in width, and 121 inches in height, with a weight of 18,100 pounds.

The Strike Length Launcher, designed to accommodate larger missiles, measures 318 inches in length, maintains the width at 152 inches, has a height of 133 inches, and weighs 20,250 pounds.

In terms of power requirements, the system is designed to operate under various conditions. For a single module variant, it requires 2 kW for lightning protection, 4 kW as a backup power source for 440 Vac, 5 kW for the launch control unit, and 40 kW for a 440 Vac 400 Hz 3-phase power supply.

The ship services needed to support the ADL include cooling and heating capabilities of 10,000 Btu/hour each, and an air recirculation capacity of 560 ft³/min.

For the launch control system, it utilizes VLS Mk 41 based electronics weighing approximately 4,300 pounds. This system is capable of supporting the operational requirements for air and ballistic missile defense, surface strike, anti-ship, and anti-submarine warfare missions. It is designed to be fully compatible with missile canisters used in the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS).

The ADL's modular design allows for a customizable number of launch cells to be configured as deck-mounted launchers, catering to various ship applications. This modular approach not only enhances operational flexibility but also supports a protective enclosure option to reduce radar signature, decrease maintenance needs, and protect the encased missiles. Additionally, the system is designed to be reloadable, further extending its utility and effectiveness over multiple engagements.

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