Lockheed Martin Marine Systems and Offshore Systems Ltd. have announced a teaming agreement that will provide the world's most advanced navigation software to U.S. Navy ships, completely eliminating the need for paper navigation charts.
Offshore's Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System -- Military (ECPINS-M(R)) software is designed to meet the Navy's Electronic Chart Display and Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N) requirements. ECPINS(R) is capable of continuously determining a vessel's position in relation to land, charted objects, aids to navigation and unseen hazards. ECPINS(R) is installed on eight Navy ships that comprise the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Battle Group, currently preparing for deployment overseas. ECPINS(R) is an available solution to meet the Oceanographer/Navigator of the Navy's directive of having electronic charting systems on all Navy ships by 2007. ECPINS(R) is also the fleet standard for navigation aboard all Canadian Navy ships.
Lockheed Martin is the system integrator for Offshore's ECPINS(R) software and will also incorporate ECPINS(R) into its next generation bridge (pilot house) being developed as part of the company's Total Ship Automation System (TSAS). TSAS will seamlessly integrate state-of-the-art ship automation and control products, technologies, and services for both military and commercial customers, providing enhanced capability while optimizing manning requirements and reducing operating costs.
"We're delighted to be teamed with Lockheed Martin. This agreement is the result of an innovative vision for the future of naval bridge systems," said John Jacobson, president and CEO of Offshore Systems. Dale Bennett, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Marine Systems, added, "No other producer of navigation products can match the design features and technological detail of Offshore's software systems. No other company in the market has as much development expertise already under their belt for this kind of advanced technology."
Lockheed Martin Marine Systems is a business unit of Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS) and is part of Lockheed Martin Corporation
Offshore Systems International Ltd. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: OSI). Offshore's key products are the ECPINS(R) line of world-leading electronic chart navigation systems and chart production and management services for governments around the world.
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SOURCE: Lockheed Martin Marine Systems
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