vertical launch


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vertical launch

[′vərd·ə·kəl ′lȯnch]
(ordnance)
A launch in which the missile or vehicle starts from a vertical position.
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The core of the current JMSDF Aegis-equipped destroyers' area defence capabilities is a Lockheed Martin Mk.41 vertical launch system consisting of cells fitted forward and aft.
The missing parts are used with Stout's Vertical Launch System (VLS), and also used to troubleshoot a variety of electrical systems aboard the ship.
The vertical launch configuration of the supersonic missile enhances the stealth capabilities of the ship as the missiles are under the deck and not exposed." Jointly developed by India and Russia, the BrahMos is also capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg.
US specialist Bon Voyage is running a tour departing on May 13 which will include a visit to the 18,000-acre site and take in the vertical launch area, operations centre, fuel storage complex and terminal hanger.
The 166-meter-long KDX III destroyer can carry about 120 missiles and torpedoes in its vertical launch system.
Lockheed Martin recently marked the production and delivery of the 1,000th Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) missile during a ceremony at the company's Akron, OH, facility.
Army officials said that one key advantage of the Raytheon APS is its vertical launch system, which protects against top-attack rounds.
These tests demonstrated automatic fire control and launch, vertical launch from a canister, automatic cruise at low altitude, control by the operator to maneuver the missile trajectory manually during the cruise mode, operator detection of the target, lock-on and terminal engagement of a moving tank target, and the utility of the digital multimode target tracker.
Tests of the peripheral vertical launch system led to a redesign effort; tests to determine the suitability of the new design will complete in June 2005.
Under development through a contract awarded to MBDA by the French armament agency DGA (Delegation Generale pour l'Armement) at the end of 2002, the Scalp Naval is being designed to meet a requirement for a common deep-strike land-attack weapon both for vertical launch from the French Navy's 17 future FREMM multipurpose frigates and for torpedotube launch from its six future Barracuda-class nuclear attack submarines.
The introduction of the Vertical Launch System (VLS) almost 20 years ago changed the tactical profile of the U.S.