Northrop Grumman‘s Sperry Marine [NOC] was selected to supply full Integrated Bridge Systems (IBS) to the Royal Thai Navy’s future frigates, the company said Tuesday.
The contract will supply a full IBS system to the Royal Thai Navy via the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard, with options for three further systems, the company said.
IBS includes the VisionMaster™ FT family of products and navigation systems, like the NAVIGAT™ X MK1 gyrocompass, NAVIKNOT™ speed log, a Warship Automatic Identification System, and a Voyage Data Recorder (VDR).
“These latest orders validate the outstanding relationship built over many years between Sperry Marine and the Royal Thai Navy. 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,” Jeanne Usher, managing director of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, said in a statement.
“This reduces navigator workload and improves situational and tactical awareness for the ship’s crew,” Usher added.
Sperry Marine previously supplied equipment to the Thai vessel HTMS Chakri Naruebet and was selected to supply X and S-band radars, a VisionMaster™ FT ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System), a speed log, and gyrocompass systems to the Royal Thai Navy’s patrol boat being built in the Naval Dockyard shipyard.
Delivery of the IBS is expected in June 2016. Sperry Marine’s service agent FT Marine will provide commissioning, the company said.