Northrop delivers program management system gear

Sept. 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM
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NEW MALDEN, England, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A final batch of platform management system (PMS) hardware has been delivered to BAE Systems by Northrop Grumman for installation on a Royal Navy submarine.

"Northrop Grumman has a well-established relationship with the Royal Navy, supplying and supporting systems for surface ships and submarines," said Andrew Tyler, Northrop Grumman's chief executive, U.K. and Europe. "The continued success of our involvement in the Astute program is a reflection of the skill of our teams and the close partnership that we have with BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defense."

The platform management systems controls and monitors a submarine's platform machinery and onboard systems. Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit supplied the PMS to BAE Systems Maritime–Submarines under a performance partnership arrangement. The PMS delivered will be installed on Astute Boat 5, the Anson.

Additionally, Northrop Grumman is currently under contract to supply PMS hardware and software for two additional Astute-class, nuclear-powered submarines.

"Our extensive track record of delivering reliable, high-performance navigation and ship control solutions has helped to establish us as a preferred supplier for Royal Navy platforms," said Alan Dix, managing director of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. "We are particularly pleased that we have achieved 100 percent on-time delivery status during the two-year process for Astute Boat 5."

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