OSI to deliver IBNS for U.S. Navy LCS program
OSI Maritime Systems, a provider of integrated bridge systems for warships, has signed a contract with aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin to deliver its Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) for the U.S. Navy Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.
The IBNS design is said to directly support the navy’s push to improve the affordability of the LCS while updating and upgrading the integrated bridge and navigation capabilities.
“The U.S. naval market presents a significant growth opportunity for OSI and the LCS program provides us our first big step into this huge market,” Ken Kirkpatrick, OSI President and CEO, commented.
The system is designed for warships and conforms to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Class Rules for Navigational Integrated Bridge System (NIBS). In addition, it has received Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Type Approval certification from DNV GL as an Integrated Navigation System (INS).
“The … design, which will meet multiple MIL-SPEC requirements, supports advanced tactical features that will provide the commanding officer an expanded operational envelope in the most demanding mission environments,” Chris Haugen, Director, Business Development at OSI Maritime Systems, said.
With the aim of increasing safe and efficient warship management, IBNS is a combination of interconnected systems, allowing for centralized access to sensor information and command and control from workstations located as required throughout the ship.