USA: Northrop Grumman Corporation to Supply Bridge Navigation System


Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected to supply bridge navigation systems for nine new mid-shore patrol vessels to be built for the Canadian Coast Guard.

The contract, valued at up to $3 million (USD), was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit in Canada through its dealer, Techsol Inc., based in Quebec City. Techsol will provide technical support and system integration for the installations. Six of the initial nine ships have been delivered, with the remaining deliveries scheduled for June 2011. The contract includes options for up to three additional ships.

The scope of supply for the new ships includes Sperry Marine radars, autopilot, gyrocompass, magnetic compass, speed log, repeaters and a communications suite meeting the international Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) requirements.

“We’ve maintained an outstanding working relationship with the Canadian Coast Guard and Navy as a major supplier of navigation equipment for more than 25 years,” said Alan Aitken, national sales manager for Sperry Marine Canada. “We recently completed the navigation radar upgrades on the Canadian Navy’s 12 Kingston-class maritime coastal defense vessels. This most recent contract award is a reflection of Sperry Marine Canada’s outstanding reputation for reliable state-of-the-art navigation systems backed by an industry-leading worldwide service organization.”

The mid-shore patrol vessel program is an important part of the Canadian government’s major fleet renewal program for the Coast Guard. The vessels, which are being built in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will each be approximately 43 meters in length, have a top speed of 25 knots, a range of 2,000 nautical miles, and be able to stay at sea for two weeks without reprovisioning. Five of them will be used primarily to support Department of Fisheries and Oceans conservation and protection programs in the Maritime, Quebec and Pacific regions. The other four will be used in a program with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to enhance security along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.

Sperry Marine is a business unit of Northrop Grumman’s Naval and Marine Systems Division. Headquartered in Charlottesville with major engineering and support offices in New Malden, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine 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.


Source: northropgrumman,March 2, 2011;