Northrop supports Canadian navy navigation

Nov. 27, 2012 at 6:36 AM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman says it is to provide in-service support for inertial navigation systems and navigation data distribution systems on Canadian navy ships.

The contract, worth $12.1 million, is for five years and was awarded by Public Works Government Services Canada. Material spares and software maintenance for the MK-49 navigation system are covered under the award, Northrop Grumman said.

The MK-49 is deployed on 12 Halifax class frigates, three Iroquois class destroyers, four Victoria class submarines and two Protecteur class auxiliary oiler replenishment ships.

"This contract continues our 11-year record of reliable in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy," said Bill Hannon, vice president of Maritime Systems at Northrop Grumman. "By continually expanding the scope with each contract, we have helped reduce the DND's (Department of National Defense) need to maintain spares and support services."

Northrop Grumman said the new contract is the fourth in-service support award it has received to support Canada's military since 2001.

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