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Weapon of Choice: On the optimal allocation of VLS cells configuration

January 19, 2011

Weapon of Choice: On the optimal allocation of VLS cells configurationThe Mk.41 vertical launch system (VLS) offers NATO and allied navies flexible loading combination of various surface attack and/or surface-to-air (SAM) missiles. This short paper assesses the optimal VLS cells allocation between SM-2 and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) for the task of fleet air defense. I simulate a scenario using a typical mixed strategy game and extrapolate the optimal allocation of launch cells for the two SAM missiles with imputed data. The result has implications for allied navies who attempt to optimize the air defense capability of their Aegis-type frigates.

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