Friday, February 21, 2014

OSI Chosen to Design Navigation Subsystem for the Royal Navy

By Mark Edward Nero

British Columbia-based OSI Maritime Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin Canada to support the design activity of the bridge and navigation capabilities for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new class of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS).

OSI, which has been in business for more than 35 years, develops and delivers integrated bridge systems for warships, integrated dived navigation systems for submarines and C2 systems for small craft. The company currently has 16 naval customers around the world, with more than 500 warships and submarines operating with OSI’s integrated navigation and tactical systems.

Under its contract with Lockheed, which was disclosed Feb. 19, OSI will design an integrated bridge and navigation system for the new AOPS vessels.

“The Integrated Bridge and Navigation System is critical to the operation of AOPS, allowing safe navigation and enhanced situational awareness in the rugged environment of Canada’s far northern waters to its busy coastal regions,” OSI Maritime Systems President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Kirkpatrick said.

The design work is expected to be completed entirely in Canada at OSI’s Burnaby, BC facility.
AOPS is a Canadian government procurement project for the Royal Canadian Navy. The project equips Canadian forces with six to eight naval ice-capable offshore patrol ships able to assert and enforce sovereignty in Canada’s waters.

The first Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship, being built by Irving Shipbuilding, is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.