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Integrated Bridge Systems for Iraqi Naval Patrol Boats

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Northrop Grumman
: 18 February, 2010  (Application Story)
Navigation and communication technology form the heart of integrated bridge systems being supplied to Iraq’s Navy by Northrop Grumman for use on 35-meter patrol boats
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to supply the navigation and communication systems for nine new 35-meter patrol boats being built for the Iraqi navy.

The $19 million firm, fixed-price contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit by Swiftships Shipbuilders of Morgan City. Work on the contract will be performed by Northrop Grumman’s Ocean Springs facility.

Under the contract, each of the vessels will be fitted with an integrated bridge system (IBS) based on Sperry Marine’s new-generation VisionMaster FT navigation technology. The IBS will include navigation radars and electronic chart display and information systems running on TotalWatch multi-function workstations. The package will also include Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Tactical Data Link, tactical communications, interior communications, and other navigation subsystems and sensors. The contract will also include engineering and technical support for installation, commissioning, testing and training.

“Sperry Marine is rapidly becoming a major supplier of IBSs for the growing international coastal and offshore patrol vessel sector,” said Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. “We have designed the VisionMaster FT products with built-in flexibility to meet the unique space constraints, manning levels and operational requirements of patrol vessels engaged in coastal and offshore missions.”

Swiftships is building the nine coastal patrol boats for the Iraqi navy under a $181 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract from US Naval Sea Systems Command. The boats’ hull and superstructure are aluminium alloy. The vessels are designed to operate up to 200 miles from shore, with four officers and eight crew members.
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