Northrop Grumman has received approval to deploy its new electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) to the US Navy’s fleet.

A formal approval was also issued by the US Navy’s Operational Test and Evaluation Force (OPTEVFOR), saying that the system is ‘operationally suitable, effective and cyber survivable’.

This approval was received after a year-long process involving government assessments.

The tests began with sea trials aboard the US Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), followed by other evaluation activities at the NSWCPD.

As the next step after approval, the US Navy has decided to install the new system onto the first ship.

The first ship to receive ECDIS will be Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

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The installation work will be carried out by the NSWCPD this month.

Apart from CVN 71, the US Navy intends to equip the system onto a total of 115 warships, over a period of next three years.

Northrop Grumman naval and oceanic systems vice-president Todd Leavitt said: “Our agile approach to developing Navy ECDIS enabled software to be developed in sprints, with customer input at every step of the way.

“This workflow allowed Navy to see and evaluate results of their input as they came up and saved them both time and money.”

The new system is used for processing and displaying several chart formats, such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency-developed digital nautical charts.

It tracks the target using vessel’s navigation radar to create route plans and automate the execution and monitoring progress along the route. 

ECDIS offers enhanced situational awareness, cybersecurity requirements, increased navigation safety as well as improved human machine interface to simplify complex missions.