OSI’s INTS for South African Navy’s new MMIPV aces sea acceptance test
Provider of integrated naval navigation and tactical solutions OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has revealed that the company’s integrated avigation & tactical system (INTS) passed the sea acceptance test.
The INTS is installed onboard the South African Navy’s new Project BIRO multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPVs).
OSI has been contracted by Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) to supply and install INTSs for each patrol vessel, tactical asset control & tracking (T-ACT) system, and IMMS.
“This had been OSI’s first project with Damen and the first introduction of the company’s IMMS with our core navigation and tactical system,” stated Ken Kirkpatrick, President and CEO.
“The IMMS is integrated into combat sensors and represents OSI’s expanding product range of naval navigation and tactical solutions. The fact that the shipboard integration has gone as smoothly is testament to the quality of our Systems and Software teams.”
The IMMS, specifically designed for patrol boats and offshore patrol vessels, provides situational awareness and understanding, tactical aids and weapon support by integrating the various (combat) sensors and effectors.
It allows the command to build, manage and participate in a recognised maritime picture, according to the company.
“The capabilities embedded in IMMS represent the trend in which navies want their smaller patrol boats to have a greater capability range,” commented Jim Davison, Vice President, Business Development.
To remind, the South African Navy took delivery of the first of three MMIPVs on 18 May.
Back in 2018, South African defence procurement agency Armscor awarded contracts for the construction of three 62-meter-long ships.
The IPVs will be the first vessels of a Damen Sea Axe design to operate in South Africa.