Northrop Grumman has announced the certification of its Sea Fiber Optic Gyrocompass Inertial Navigation with Data Distribution (SeaFIND) Inertial Navigation System.

The type approval was secured from the US Coast Guard (USCG), which allows its use as a shipboard gyrocompass system for navigation.

The certification includes the European Community’s (EC) Mark of Conformity under the agreement between the US and the EC for type approval.

SeaFIND navigation system’s certification will also benefit the nations that require compliance to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) standards.

It has been designed for small to medium-size combatant and auxiliary ships and is available for use by domestic and international navies.

Following a series of test and evaluation, the system successfully displayed its compatibility and met the requirements of IMO for the gyrocompass system.

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The system is also capable of operating as an inertial navigator and navigation data distribution system for ships.

Northrop Grumman maritime systems & integration vice-president Todd Leavitt said: “In addition to SeaFIND’s low size, weight and power (SWAP), affordability and reliable performance in a GPS denied environment, being type approved makes it very attractive to customers throughout the world.

“This certification demonstrates that the system is compliant with a common standard and benchmark.”

Earlier this week, the US Navy and Northrop Grumman collaborated to flight test the MQ-8C Fire Scout fitted with the AN/ZPY-8 radar developed by Leonardo.

The unmanned helicopter with the radar conducted its first flight in February this year out of Webster Outlying Field, Maryland, US.