OSI to Design Navigating Bridges for RCN Arctic Patrol Ships
Burnaby, BC - based OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) says it has been selected by Lockheed Martin Canada to support the design activity of the bridge and navigation capabilities for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) 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 (NSPS). 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 Royal Canadian Navy 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 design work will be completed entirely in Canada at OSI’s Burnaby facility.
About the AOPS project
The project 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 has been providing advanced integrated navigation and tactical solutions to military and commercial customers for over 35 years. As a pioneer of Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (WECDIS), the company has grown to be a leading provider of integrated navigation and tactical solutions designed for naval and maritime security operations.