CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 17, 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to supply state-of-the-art integrated bridge systems (IBSs) for the Chilean Navy's Danubio IV, a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) program. These first two 80-meter OPVs are being constructed at the ASMAR Shipyard in Talcahuano, Chile.
The IBS contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit. Sperry Marine will supply commercial-off-the-shelf IBSs based on their innovative VisionMaster FT advanced PC-based Ethernet architecture that includes proven navigation radars, electronic chart display and information system, heading and speed sensors, autopilot and other subsystems. The contract includes installation, commissioning, integration, training and service. The systems will be delivered over the next two years.
Sperry Marine is working with other South American navies on similar programs aimed at developing a standard OPV/IBS platform to meet the individual countries' requirements for resource protection, fishing rights violations, drug interdiction and other coastal missions.
"Sperry Marine has had an excellent long-standing relationship with the Chilean Navy for many years, with a large installed base of navigation radars, gyrocompasses and other navigation equipment," said Nolasco DaCunha, vice president, Sperry Marine. "The OPVs will take advantage of the latest integrated navigation technology to provide optimum situational awareness and safe navigation for bridge watchstanders."
Sperry Marine, with worldwide headquarters in Charlottesville, Va., and major engineering and support offices in New Malden, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany, is part of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. Sperry Marine 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.
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