Northrop supplies key systems for destroyer modernization

Northrop Grumman is supplying the U.S. Navy and two shipbuilders with integrated bridge and navigation systems and steering gear systems for destroyers.
By Richard Tomkins  |  Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has been contracted to supply key systems for the modernization of the U.S. Navy's Arleigh Burke-Class destroyers.

The awards were given by the U.S. Navy, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries and are for integrated bridge and navigation systems and steering systems.

The systems to be installed include radar systems, navigation software, ship control software, chart servers, network interface boxes, flat panel displays, global positioning systems, and ship control display systems.

The five integrated bridge and navigation systems – worth $11 million -- for the guided missile destroyers are being supplied under an exercise of contract options by Naval Sea Systems Command, Northrop said, while six steering gear systems with a value of $30 million are being supplied under jointly exercised contract options from Iron Works and HII.

"Northrop Grumman is a major partner on the Navy's DDG modernization program," said Bill Hannon, vice president of Maritime Systems, Northrop Grumman. "The new IBNS and steering gear systems will keep the technology of our nation's front-line surface combatants highly capable and affordable."

Northrop said it will begin delivering the systems next year.

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