Northrop Grumman Submarine Navigation System Upgrade is Approved by U.S. Navy
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sept. 14, 2009 - Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has announced that the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has approved the latest upgrade to its electronic navigation software for U.S. Navy submarines.
Version 8.3 of Sperry Marine's Voyage Management System (VMS) was approved for submarines by CNO following an extensive certification testing program carried out by engineers from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Port Hueneme, Virginia Beach detachment. VMS is the standard naval electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS-N), which is being deployed across the Navy's fleet of surface ships and submarines. The newest VMS version for submarines will enhance the vessels' ability to navigate in extreme northern latitudes and conduct under-the-ice operations.
"This is an important milestone in the ongoing program to transition the U.S. Navy submarine force to ECDIS-N," said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Sperry Marine. "With VMS, the navigation team can view the submarine's real-time position and movement superimposed, along with radar images, on a digital nautical chart showing all the aids and hazards to navigation -- a revolutionary improvement over manual plotting on paper charts."
To date, 58 U.S. nuclear submarines have been equipped with Sperry Marine VMS-based navigation systems, and 92 percent of them have been certified to use ECDIS-N as the primary navigation plot.
Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., and with major engineering and support offices in New Malden, United Kingdom 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 Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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