Northrop to deliver integrated bridge systems for Thai Navy’s future frigates

15 September 2015 (Last Updated September 15th, 2015 18:30)

Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit has secured an order to deliver full integrated bridge systems (IBS) to the Royal Thai Navy's future frigates.

Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit has secured an order to deliver full integrated bridge systems (IBS) to the Royal Thai Navy's future frigates.

Awarded by Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard (DSME), the contract also includes options for three additional systems.

Sperry Marine's IBS comprises the VisionMaster FT family of products and navigation systems, including Navigat X MK1 gyrocompass, Naviknot speed log, a warship automatic identification system, and a voyage data recorder (VDR).

Delivery under this contract is scheduled for June 2016 and the commissioning will be performed by Sperry Marine's service agent, FT Marine.

Sperry Marine has also received a contract to deliver X and S-band radars, as well as a VisionMaster electronic chart display and information system (FT ECDIS) for Thai Navy's patrol boat.

"Our Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (WECDIS) is designed to support the operational requirements of the modern navy,"

In addition, the company will supply a speed log and gyrocompass systems to the patrol boat currently being built in the Naval Dockyard shipyard.

Sperry Marine managing director Jeanne Usher said: "Our Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (WECDIS) is designed to support the operational requirements of the modern navy and provide navigation teams with an integrated electronic navigation picture.

"This reduces navigator workload and improves situational and tactical awareness for the ship's crew."

Sperry Marine previously delivered equipment to the Royal Thai Navy flagship vessel, HTMS Chakri Naruebet.

The New Zealand Ministry of Defence recently selected Northrop Grumman to deliver navigation suite upgrades to the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN) two Anzac-class frigates.

The new navigation suites are set to replace the existing MK49 inertial navigation units with fourth-generation MK39s.