OSI Selected to De­sign In­te­grated Bridge and Nav­i­ga­tion Sub­sys­tem for AOPS

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OSI Mar­itime Sys­tems Ltd. (OSI) an­nounced that it has been selected by Lock­heed Martin Canada to sup­port the de­sign ac­tiv­ity of the bridge and nav­i­ga­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties for the RCN’s new class of Arc­tic/Off­shore Pa­trol Ships (AOPS). Lock­heed Martin Canada is one of AOPS Prime Con­trac­tor Irv­ing Ship­build­ing’s Tier 1 sup­pli­ers for the AOPS project un­der the Cana­dian govern­ment’s Na­tional Ship­build­ing Pro­cure­ment Strat­egy. Un­der an ini­tial con­tract, OSI will de­sign the In­te­grated Bridge and Nav­i­ga­tion Sys­tem for the new ves­sels.

“We are very pleased to have been selected for this very im­por­tant project,” said Ken Kirk­patrick, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer OSI Mar­itime Sys­tems Ltd. “The RCN and AOPS crews will ben­e­fit tremen­dously from our highly au­to­mated and user-friendly bridge and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems, which have been op­er­a­tionally suc­cess­ful in navies around the globe.”

“The In­te­grate Bridge and Nav­i­ga­tion Sys­tem is crit­i­cal to the oper­a­tion of AOPS, al­low­ing safe nav­i­ga­tion and en­hanced sit­u­a­tional aware­ness in the rugged en­vi­ron­ment of Canada’s far north­ern wa­ters to its busy coastal re­gions,” said Mr. Kirk­patrick. “This is a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to the nu­mer­ous Cana­dian pro­grams sup­ported by OSI, which demon­strate our full range of lo­gis­tics, ser­vices, man­u­fac­tur­ing and tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise. We in­tend to en­gage more Cana­dian sup­pli­ers to sup­port this im­por­tant RCN pro­gram.”

The de­sign work will be com­pleted en­tirely in Canada at OSI’s Burn­aby fa­cil­ity.

AOPS is a Govern­ment of Canada pro­cure­ment project for the RCN. The project will equip the Cana­dian Forces with six to eight naval ice-ca­pa­ble off­shore pa­trol ships able to as­sert and en­force sovereignty in Canada’s wa­ters where and when nec­es­sary, in­clud­ing the Arc­tic. The first Arc­tic/Off­shore Pa­trol Ship, be­ing built by Irv­ing Ship­build­ing, is sched­uled to be de­liv­ered in 2018.

OSI, to­gether with Irv­ing Ship­build­ing and Lock­heed Martin Canada, are fo­cused on work­ing with the federal govern­ment to con­tin­u­ally lower costs and es­tab­lish the best value so­lu­tion for Canada, while op­ti­miz­ing ben­e­fits across the coun­try un­der the In­dus­trial and Re­gional Ben­e­fit pro­gram. The teams will work to­gether as the de­sign ma­tures and the re­quire­ments are fi­nal­ized to find the most ap­pro­pri­ate fi­nal so­lu­tion for the AOPS pro­gram.

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