Sperry Marine Radars for Australian Ferry Fleet

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been chosen to supply radars for the Sydney Harbour Ferries fleet. Sydney Harbour Ferries will fit the Sperry Marine new-generation VisionMaster FT chart radars on all 28 vessels in the fleet. Electrotech Australia Pty Ltd, Sperry Marine’s licensed sales and service representative in Australia, will install and commission the radars and will provide technical support through its Sydney office.

“The VisionMaster FT chart radars enhance situational awareness for watch officers by providing an overlay of radar images on a detailed electronic chart display,” said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Naval Systems International at Northrop Grumman’s Naval and Marine Systems Division. “These new-generation radars employ advanced digital technology for automatic clutter suppression, providing a clearer picture of radar targets under difficult weather and sea conditions.”

“An important factor is the 24/7 availability of local support from our fully equipped service workshop and technical facilities in Sydney,” said Stephen Renkert, general manager of Electrotech. “For a ferry service running on fixed schedules, it is critically important to avoid downtime for repairs and maintenance.”

Sydney Harbour Ferries operates a fleet of 28 vessels, which transport more than 14 million passengers and travel more than 1.3 million kilometers per year. The extensive ferry network connects 39 destinations, including Parramatta, Manly and Watsons Bay, from its hub at Circular Quay on Sydney’s waterfront.

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., and with major engineering, business development, international sales and support offices in New Malden, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany, provides smart navigation and ship control solutions for the international marine industry with customer service and support through offices in 16 countries, sales representatives in 47 countries and authorized service depots in more than 250 locations worldwide.

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