Proven Self-Defense System
The MK 29 SEASPARROW Guided Missile Launching System (GMLS) delivers effective protection against airborne and surface threats using the proven RIM-7 NATO SEASPARROW missile. As the latest upgrade to the MK 29 GMLS, the MK 29 MOD 4 allows the launcher to launch the RIM-162 Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ESSM). The RIM-162 ESSM has proven itself against a broad spectrum of airborne and surface threats. These threats include subsonic and supersonic missiles that arrive at steep dive angles or low sea-skimming altitudes and are aided in their penetration by low radar cross section, evasive maneuvering and electronic jamming. Small boats can also be neutralized by the RIM-162 ESSM.
With a capacity of up to eight ready ESSMs, the MK 29 MOD 4 significantly increases the lethality of the MK 29 GMLS. In addition, the missiles can be launched with minimal intervals between each salvo. Developed by Raytheon and the U.S. Navy, the MK 29 MOD 4 has undergone a rigorous qualification and has been selected to defend the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fleet. The MK 29 MOD 4 is currently in full-rate production.
The Raytheon’s MK 29 GMLS design has allowed it to be continuously upgraded and improved. Its open architecture ensures successful integration to fire control systems and allows for easy future software upgrades. The MK 29 GMLS can be initially fielded for RIM-7 and upgraded for ESSM at a later date with no modifications to the ship.
The System Launcher Controller (SLC) is a programmable processor responsible for launch sequencing and launcher pointing. It also hosts the Common Missile Library, the NATO consortium’s technical standard for engagement management of RIM-7 and ESSM. In addition, the SLC provides the digital interface to the Fire Control System and can be adapted to any format of the user’s choosing. The SLC greatly facilitates shipboard integration with maximum flexibility and minimal impact to the Fire Control System.