OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has been awarded a contract by the US Navy to integrate its ECPINS-W software on the navy’s ship-to-shore connector landing craft (SSC).
In addition to engineering services, the contract also involves integration of the software into the SSC command, control, communications, computers and navigation system.
Complying with required standards for the International Association of Classification Societies, the ECPINS-W reportedly simplifies the navigation system design.
The ECPINS-W’s display capability will support more than 30 charts and map formats and gather marine and terrestrial navigation into a single system, eliminating the need for additional software and hardware systems.
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The SSCs are being built by Textron as part of a $212.7m fixed-priced, incentive-fee contract from the US Naval Sea Systems Command, in a bid to replace the navy’s existing landing craft air-cushioned (LCAC) vehicle, which is approaching the end of its service life.
The programme involves the construction of 73 crafts and aims to boost future capabilities of the navy and the US Marine Corps.
Capable of carrying a 74t payload, the high-speed, fully amphibious SSC landing craft can cruise at a speed of more than 35k during day or night.
Features of the SSC include better technology to deliver improved performance for current and future missions, in addition to enhancements for better fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance.
Textron is set to start deliveries in 2017, with initial operational capability expected to be achieved in 2020.