Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation Systems for New Fast Patrol Boats for Trinidad and Tobago
(Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation)
12:00 AM, January 15, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia --- Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) for six fast patrol craft being built by Austal Shipyards in Australia for the government of Trinidad and Tobago. Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit will supply the equipment, which will be installed and commissioned by Electrotech Australia Pty Ltd. The IBS will be based on Sperry Marine's new-generation VisionMaster FT technology. The scope of supply includes radars, electronic chart display and information system, high-speed autopilot, heading and speed sensors, echosounder, DGPS receiver and voyage data recorder. "The advanced features and capabilities of our VisionMaster FT navigation technology are ideally suited for the requirements of high-speed patrol craft, and Sperry Marine is rapidly becoming the preferred IBS supplier for international navies and coast guards," said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. "VisionMaster FT represents a major advance in marine navigation technology, replacing discrete stand-alone single-task workstations with integrated multi-function consoles, greatly enhancing situational awareness for the bridge watch team," added DaCunha. The 30-metre patrol boats for Trinidad and Tobago will have top speeds of 40 knots and a range of more than 1,000 nautical miles. They are designed to support a number of missions. Electrotech, based in Sydney, specializes in service and sales of high-quality navigation and communication equipment for the civilian and naval maritime sectors. The company has a comprehensive network of support facilities around the coast of Australia.