Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit is supplying advanced integrated bridge systems (IBS) for the new class of patrol boats being built for the Swedish Coast Guard.
The IBS for the new Swedish patrol boats is based on Northrop Grumman’s advanced VisionMaster FT™ technology, which integrates the vessels’ navigation and ship control functions in a secure and redundant Ethernet network. Each vessel will be equipped with three Sperry Marine TotalWatch™ multifunction workstations, which include electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS), navigational radars, GPS positioning, autopilot, steering control and conning information. Northrop Grumman is also supplying the voyage data recorders (VDR) for the ships.
The contract includes five new vessels. Built by Baltic Workboats AS in Estonia, the first vessel was recently delivered to the Swedish Coast Guard. CA Clase Marinelektronik AB, Northrop Grumman’s sales and service representative in Sweden, is providing technical support to the Swedish Coast Guard for the project.
The 24-metre aluminium patrol boats will be used by the Swedish Coast Guard for multimission tasks such as sea rescue and border control.
Baltic Workboats, located at Saaremaa, Estonia, is a rapidly growing builder of aluminium and steel vessels up to 40 metres, including patrol boats, pilot boats, military craft, rescue vessels and other workboats.
“Our state-of-the-art navigation technology will provide optimum situational awareness for the ships’ watch officers in carrying out their missions on these new patrol boats,” said Hans Rasmussen, director of global business development, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine.
Sperry Marine is a business unit of Northrop Grumman’s Naval and Marine Systems Division. Headquartered in New Malden, United Kingdom, with major engineering and support offices in Hamburg, Germany, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine provides smart navigation and ship control solutions for the international marine industry with customer service and support in numerous locations worldwide.
Naval Today Staff , May 25, 2012