In a groundbreaking demonstration of naval capabilities, the United States Navy recently test-fired a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) from a containerized launch system mounted on a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

The USS Savannah (LCS 28) recently conducted a live-fire exercise in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, marking a significant milestone in the Navy’s pursuit of advanced defense technology. This article delves into the details of this test and the innovative system behind it.

The MK 70 Payload Delivery System

While the US Navy did not explicitly identify the system used in the test, it is evident that the launcher employed was the Lockheed Martin MK 70 Payload Delivery System.

A cutting-edge launcher, envisioned to be a game-changer in modern naval weaponry, is designed based on the MK 41 vertical launch system (VLS) used on the Navy’s guided-missile warships.

The MK 70 is a 12-meter (40-foot) container equipped with four MK 41 VLS cells, enabling it to launch a range of long-range anti-ship and anti-air weapons.