OSI Maritime Systems has been awarded a contract from the UK Royal Navy to integrate its ECPINS-W sub software into the type 45 Daring-class anti-air warfare destroyers’ existing integrated bridge system (IBS).
As part of the deal, OSI will be tasked with the provision of software engineering activity to integrate ECPINS into the IBS system architecture.
The Canadian firm is also responsible for the installation of its Nato WECDIS STANAG 4564 certified ECPINS-W sub software across the Royal Navy’s operational ships, submarines, shore headquarters and training establishments.
Being the prime contractor for the Royal Navy Warship AIS programme, OSI has provided further systems across the fleet, while also offering a complete integrated logistics support service for 20 years.
Reported to be the most advanced military navigational application, which provides users with complete warship electronic chart display and information system (WECDIS) functionality, the technology has now been deployed and is operational on more than 400 warships across 14 global navies.
The UK’s six type 45 destroyers, worth £1bn each, include HMS Daring and sister ships Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon, Defender and Duncan.
The destroyers, which are capable of protecting the nation from air attacks using their Sea Viper missiles, have been designed to replace the type 42 frigates, which are currently in service and have been deployed by the navy since the mid-1970s.
Designed to boost the UK’s naval air defence capabilities over the next 30 years, they will support missions including anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster relief work and surveillance operations, and high-intensity fighting.
OSI has also received a contract from the Royal Canadian Navy to update and offer in-service support for the software used across their warship and submarine fleet.
Image: In July 2009 the Royal Navy commissioned the first type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer, HMS Daring. Photo: courtesy of Brian Burnell.