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Navy submarines to be fitted out with Sperry navigation radar


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Northrop Grumman
: 08 December, 2009  (Application Story)
The US Navy has awarded a contract to Northrup Grumman for navigation radar systems including the Voyage Management System software to be fitted to new submarines
Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a contract to supply navigation radar systems for eight new US Navy nuclear attack submarines.

The firm, fixed-price contract, valued at $20.9 million, was awarded to Sperry Marine by Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC.

The contract calls for Sperry Marine to produce and deliver eight AN/BPS-16(v)5 radar sets to be installed on eight Virginia-class Block III submarines. The scope of work will include manufacturing, fabrication, assembly and testing.

The AN/BPS-16(v)5 is an advanced submarine navigation radar and electronic navigation system, which provides naval electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS-N) capability running on Sperry Marine’s Voyage Management System (VMS) software.

“The AN/BPS-16(v)5 with VMS software will permit the new submarines to be certified to use ECDIS-N as their primary navigation tool,” said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. “With this contract, the submarine community continues to make rapid progress toward the U.S. Navy’s goal of converting the entire fleet to ECDIS-N.”

The Virginia-class Block III submarines are being built by Northrop Grumman shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat. The lead submarine in the Block III build, North Dakota (SSN 784), is scheduled to be delivered in 2014.

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., and with major engineering, business development, international sales 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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