Canadian navigation system manufacturer OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced it has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) for the Project BIRO vessels being built for the South African Navy.
Under the announced contract, the three multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPV) will receive OSI’s integrated navigation & tactical system (INTS), tactical asset control & tracking (T-ACT) system, and integrated mission management system.
The systems provided by OSI will be integrated with South African Navy specific sensors and data link, allowing the command to build, manage and participate in a recognized maritime picture.
“We are pleased to be working with Damen and appreciate the opportunity to be part of this important project,” stated Ken Kirkpatrick, OSI president and CEO. “This has been a successful engagement between government and private enterprise and we are proud to be working with Damen and the South African government.”
The 62-meter vessels will be used to tackle illegal trafficking and fishing and will be based on Damen’s FCS 5009 Sea Axe design.