Kongsberg Maritime announced February 1 that it has been selected by L-3 MAPPS to provide the CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS).
L-3 MAPPS is one of the suppliers to Irving Shipbuilding, a prime contractor delivering the AOPS vessels as a part of the Canadian National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).
David Fleming, Camera Systems Manager for Kongsberg Maritime, said: “Further to our recent CCTV supply for the Halifax-class frigates IPMS upgrade we are delighted to be able to leverage from our proven marine & naval camera technologies to support L-3 MAPPS, Irving Shipbuilding and RCN on the prestigious AOPS Program which is a key milestone in the renewal of Canada’s combatant fleet.”
The CCTV system will provide the crew with real time video surveillance to assist with mission critical operations as well as providing safety, security and situational awareness on board the new build AOPS vessels.
According to Kongsberg, the deliverables will include a combination of harsh environment CCTV cameras and cameras that have been adapted to meet the demands of RCN and the challenging Arctic environment such as an upgraded version of the proven Kongsberg Maritime Helicopter Operations Surveillance System (HOSS), which will assist in monitoring of the take-off and landing operations of the CH-148 Cyclone naval helicopters that the vessels will support.
AOPS is a Government of Canada procurement project for the RCN. The project is expected to equip the Canadian Forces with six naval ice-capable offshore patrol ships. The first Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.
Earlier in 2016, Kongsberg Maritime has landed another contract to supply its camera systems to the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Polar Star.