OSI Maritime Systems has confirmed that its Integrated Navigation & Tactical System (INTS) has successfully cleared the sea acceptance tests (SAT).

The company is under contract with Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) to deliver and install INTS in three South African Navy (SAN) patrol vessels, as part of the Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel (MMIPV) programme or Project BIRO.

OSI will also deliver Tactical Asset Control & Tracking (T-ACT) system and IMMS for the vessels.

OSI president and CEO Ken Kirkpatrick said: “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.

“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.”

OSI’s IMMS is designed specifically for patrol boats and offshore patrol vessels (OPV). It offers tactical aid, situational awareness and weapon support.

The IMMS integrates combat sensors and effectors with OSI’s ECPINS advanced Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (WECDIS) capabilities along with OSI proprietary chart engine.

OSI Business Development vice president Jim Davison said: “The capabilities embedded in IMMS represent the trend in which navies want their smaller patrol boats to have a greater capability range.”

DSCT secured the order for three vessels under Project Brio in 2018. The company delivered the first of the three vessels to SAN earlier this month.

The MMIPVs have rapid response capabilities that will enhance maritime security. The vessels will primarily conduct counter piracy, illegal trafficking, fishing and smuggling operations.