Northrop outfits Iraqi patrol vessel

Oct. 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Advanced communication, sensor and navigation systems from Northrop Grumman have been installed on an offshore patrol vessel for Iraq.

The systems for the first of two patrol vessels, procured by the U.S. Navy for its Iraqi counterpart, were provided under a 2010 contract from RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames, the prime contractor for the vessels.

"These shipboard electronic systems will improve Iraq's ability to provide its own national security," said Bill Hannon, vice president of Northrop Grumman's Maritime Systems business unit. "By providing a quick-response, affordable, capable solution to RiverHawk, Northrop Grumman demonstrated its ability to deliver integrated navigation and communication solutions along with management and engineering services."

The systems provided under the $7.4 million award included an integrated bridge system and an integrated tactical data link system; communications systems; maritime situational awareness displays; the company's VisionMaster TotalWatch multifunction workstations; and chart radar and display.

The vessel the systems were installed on was the Al Fayhaa, which with the Al-Basrah, will conduct security missions in the northern Arabian Gulf.

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