OSI delivers sixth INBS shipset for Canadian Navy’s AOPS programme

22 September 2020 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2020 12:22)

OSI Maritime Systems has completed the delivery of its sixth Integrated Navigation and Bridge System (INBS) shipset.

OSI delivers sixth INBS shipset for Canadian Navy’s AOPS programme
HMCS Harry DeWolf the lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel departed Halifax Shipyard for CFB Halifax Dockyard to join the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet on 31 July. Credit: CNW Group/Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

OSI Maritime Systems has completed the delivery of its sixth Integrated Navigation and Bridge System (INBS) shipset. 

The system is for installation on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) programme.  

In 2014, Lockheed Martin Canada contracted OSI to design and develop INBS systems for the ships that are part of the Canadian National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).  

Through the NSS programme, the Canadian Government aims to replace the current surface fleets of the RCN and the Canadian Coast Guard.  

Under the first phase of the AOPS programme, OSI constructed and tested all six shipsets at its production facilities in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.  

Following system testing, they were delivered to the AOPS prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding.

The first shipset was delivered in 2018, while the sixth shipset was delivered last month.

The system is centred around OSI’s ECPINS and integrates data distribution units, X and S-Band Radar, and a range of sensors and C2 capabilities. It is NATO WECDIS STANAG 4564 compliant.

OSI Maritime Systems CEO and president Ken Kirkpatrick said: “We’re proud of our made-in-Canada solution and the critical tactical and navigation tasks it performs.  

“Since announcing the design phase in 2014, this programme has been ongoing for over seven years.

“We’ve completed six bridges for AOPS, with some of the most advanced naval technology.

“The bridge is very large and complex, and even as a leading integrator it tested our team, we succeeded.  

“The experience and technical sophistication developed out of the programme has affirmed OSI as a leading warship IBS expert and systems integrator.” 

The RCN’s AOPS is a 103m-long vessel with a 19m-long beam. 

In November last year, Halifax Shipyard launched the second of six AOPS for the RCN in the Bedford Basin.  

In 2018, the RCN lead AOPS, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, was launched in the Bedford Basin. The ship was delivered to the RCN in July 2020.