Northrop Grumman to Supply Platform Management System for UK Royal Navy’s Next Astute-Class Submarine

LONDON – Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NYSE:NOC) has been select­ed to sup­ply the Plat­form Man­age­ment Sys­tem (PMS) for the Roy­al Navy’s fifth Astute-class sub­ma­rine, Anson.

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Northrop Grumman’s Sper­ry Marine busi­ness unit will sup­ply the PMS for Astute Boat 5 under a per­for­mance part­ner­ing arrange­ment (PPA) with BAE Sys­tems Mar­itime-Sub­ma­rine. BAE Sys­tems will install the PMS equip­ment, which con­trols and mon­i­tors the submarine’s plat­form machin­ery and onboard sys­tems, at its ship­yard in Bar­row-in-Fur­ness, U.K. The con­tract also includes soft­ware, safe­ty case, equip­ment and obso­les­cence man­age­ment.

The Astute-class is the Roy­al Navy’s lat­est series of nuclear-pow­ered hunter-killer sub­marines. Northrop Grumman’s Sper­ry Marine busi­ness unit pre­vi­ous­ly sup­plied the PMS for Astute Boat 4, Auda­cious.

“Our long expe­ri­ence in devel­op­ing and con­fig­ur­ing advanced naval elec­tron­ics makes us ide­al­ly suit­ed to meet the plat­form man­age­ment sys­tem needs of these sub­marines,” said Alan Dix, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Northrop Grum­man Sper­ry Marine. “This lat­est con­tract reflects con­fi­dence in the capa­bil­i­ty of our plat­form man­age­ment sys­tem for this impor­tant Roy­al Navy pro­gramme.”

The PMS will include con­trol and mon­i­tor­ing soft­ware, human inter­face equip­ment and pro­gram­ma­ble log­ic con­troller-based hard­ware locat­ed through­out the sub­ma­rine. All hard­ware has been sys­tem-engi­neered to meet naval hard­ware stan­dards for shock, vibra­tion, tem­per­a­ture and elec­tro­mag­net­ic com­pat­i­bil­i­ty require­ments.

Based on Northrop Grumman’s Sper­ry Marine’s inno­v­a­tive approach to con­fig­ur­ing com­mer­cial off-the-shelf hard­ware and soft­ware to meet exact­ing mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial appli­ca­tions, the PMS for Astute Boat 5 will reduce life cycle costs for the U.K. Min­istry of Defence and min­i­mize pro­gramme risk. The sys­tem will pro­vide an advanced net­work design that includes the strin­gent lev­els of safe­ty and redun­dan­cy asso­ci­at­ed with nuclear sub­ma­rine con­trol sys­tems.

The system’s open archi­tec­ture allows inter­fac­ing with third-par­ty equip­ment via stan­dard field-bus tech­nol­o­gy to pro­vide an extreme­ly ver­sa­tile and expand­able PMS solu­tion.

Northrop Grumman’s Sper­ry Marine in the U.K. has had a long and suc­cess­ful rela­tion­ship with the Roy­al Navy, sup­ply­ing and sup­port­ing machin­ery con­trol sys­tems, nav­i­ga­tion radars, gyro­com­pass­es and oth­er nav­i­ga­tion equip­ment. The com­pa­ny is also cur­rent­ly pro­vid­ing the PMS for the Roy­al Navy’s Type 45 destroy­ers and has pro­vid­ed ships’ iner­tial nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems for a vari­ety of the Roy­al Navy’s oth­er sur­face ships and sub­marines.

Sper­ry Marine is a busi­ness unit of Northrop Grumman’s Naval and Marine Sys­tems Divi­sion. Head­quar­tered in New Malden, U.K., and with major engi­neer­ing and sup­port offices in Ham­burg, Ger­many, Northrop Grumman’s Sper­ry Marine pro­vides smart nav­i­ga­tion and ship con­trol solu­tions for the inter­na­tion­al marine indus­try with cus­tomer ser­vice and sup­port in numer­ous loca­tions world­wide.

Northrop Grum­man is a lead­ing glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny pro­vid­ing inno­v­a­tive sys­tems, prod­ucts and solu­tions in aero­space, elec­tron­ics, infor­ma­tion sys­tems, and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to gov­ern­ment and com­mer­cial cus­tomers world­wide. Please vis­it for more infor­ma­tion.

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