Northrop wins OPC C4ISR contract
Eastern Shipbuilding Group has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to design C4ISR and machinery control systems (MCS) for the US Coast Guard's Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC), the company announced on 14 November.
The systems will include integrated bridge systems, command and control consoles, navigation and combat data distribution systems, ship-wide computer network systems, machinery control systems and propulsion control systems.
The coast guard plans to acquire 25 OPCs to replace its ageing medium endurance fleet. Eastern Shipbuild Group is working on Phase II of the programme under a contract which includes detail design and options for construction of up to nine OPCs.
The vessels will feature increased range and endurance, upgraded weapon systems, improved electronics and a larger flight deck to accommodate aircraft operations in severe weather conditions.
Northrop Grumman's work will include test and integration at the MCS land-based facility and integration during production testing and shipboard trials.
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