Northrop to deliver gyrocompass navigation systems for Canadian Navy vessels

27 April 2015 (Last Updated April 27th, 2015 18:30)

Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a contract to design and supply gyrocompass navigation systems for 12 Kingstonclass coastal defence vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Saskatoon

Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a contract to design and supply gyrocompass navigation systems for 12 Kingstonclass coastal defence vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy.

The company has been selected for this project as a subcontractor to SNC-Lavalin Defence Programs.

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine managing director Jeanne Usher said: "Northrop Grumman's advanced gyrocompass systems will modernise the navigation capabilities of these Royal Canadian Navy coastal defence vessels, ensuring fleet readiness."

The contract will comprise dual Navigat X MK1 gyrocompass systems, Navitwin IV heading management systems and a complete suite of heading repeaters.

Northrop Grumman will begin installations in June that will extend through early 2017.

Of the 12 vessels to be upgraded, six are based in Esquimalt, British Columbia and the remaining six are stationed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

"Northrop Grumman's advanced gyrocompass systems will modernise the navigation capabilities of these Royal Canadian Navy coastal defence vessels."

In addition to the delivery of equipment, the current contract also covers system design and configuration, factory acceptance testing, commissioning, harbour acceptance testing, site acceptance testing as well as familiarisation training.

The first of the 12 Kingston-class coastal defence vessels was commissioned in September 1996 and the final ship was commissioned in April 1999.

The ships are used for coastal surveillance, naval reserve force training, mine countermeasures for route survey, minesweeping and mine inspection operations.

Built by Halifax Shipyards, the vessels are equipped with a Bofors 40mm model 60 mk5C rapid fire gun as well as two 12.7mm machine guns, and the deep sea Thales MMS mechanical mine sweeping system.


Image: The Royal Canadian Navy's Kingston-class vessel, HMCS Saskatoon. Photo: courtesy of Rayzlens.