Northrop Grumman to Supply Integrated Navigation and Bridge System for UK's New Aircraft Carriers
LONDON -- Dec. 12, 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to provide a new-generation integrated navigation and bridge system (INBS) for the UK Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) project.
The initial INBS design-phase contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the industrial alliance that, in the manufacture phase of the project, will include the planned Joint Venture between VT Group and BAES (including BAES Marine and BAES Integrated System Technologies), Babcock Support Services Ltd, Thales Naval and MOD.
The INBS will be based on Sperry Marine's innovative VisionMaster FT technology and will bring together all of the ships' navigation sensors and systems into a modern, efficient, ergonomic bridge to meet operational requirements. The VisionMaster FT suite utilises an advanced network architecture that will provide the ship's watch team with a seamless integration of radar and chart functionality for optimized situational awareness and mission performance.
"Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine is delighted to have won this important contract for mission critical equipment in the CVF project," said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Sperry Marine. "We believe that our innovative and fully integrated navigation solution is ideally suited to the demanding criteria for the Royal Navy's future carrier operations."
Sperry Marine in the UK has had a long and successful relationship with the Royal Navy, supplying and supporting navigation radars, gyrocompasses and other navigation equipment. Sperry Marine is also currently supplying the platform management systems for the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers and has provided ships' inertial navigation systems for a variety of other surface ships and submarines.
"We are particularly pleased to be involved in the CVF project which we recognise as being crucial to the UK's future defence posture," said Graham Thornton, managing director of Northrop Grumman UK. "This contract will help us to grow our share in the UK naval market and provide us with an opportunity to establish a benchmark for navigation systems for naval ships around the world."
The aircraft carriers will be the largest capital ships ever constructed in the UK or operated by the Royal Navy and the most capable carrier force outside the USA. The scheduled in-service dates for the carriers are 2014 and 2016.
Sperry Marine, headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA and with major engineering and support offices in New Malden, UK and Hamburg, Germany, provides smart navigation and ship control solutions for the international marine industry with customer service and support through offices in 16 countries, sales representatives in 47 countries and authorized service depots in more than 250 locations worldwide.
Northrop Grumman in the UK operates from primary locations at Chester, Coventry, Fareham, New Malden, Peterborough, RAF Waddington and Solihull, providing avionics, communications, electronic warfare systems, marine navigation systems, robotics, C4I and mission planning, IT systems and software development. Northrop Grumman established its UK corporate office in London in early 2006.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defence and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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