Northrop systems for new sub

July 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- The fifth Astute-class submarine being built for Britain's Royal Navy will feature platform machinery and management systems from Northrop Grumman.

The supply of the systems comes under a partnering deal between Britain-based Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine and BAE Systems Maritime-Submarine.

"Our long experience in developing and configuring advanced naval electronics makes us ideally suited to meet the platform management system needs of these submarines," said Alan Dix, managing director of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. "This latest contract reflects confidence in the capability of our platform management system for this important Royal Navy program."

The platform management system equipment controls and monitors the submarine's platform machinery and onboard systems. Items to be supplied include control and monitoring software, human interface equipment and logic controller-based hardware.

Northrop said the system will feature an open architecture to allow for interfacing with third-party equipment. System hardware was designed to meet naval hardware standards for shock, vibration and temperature and electromagnetic requirements.

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