Kongsberg Maritime cameras set for arctic operations
Kongsberg Maritime to provide the CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy's new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships - Photo: Irving Shipbuilding Inc
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia & Aberdeen, UK, February 1st, 2016 – Kongsberg Maritime announced today that it has been selected by L-3 MAPPS to provide the CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN) new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS).
L-3 MAPPS is one of the Tier 1 suppliers to Irving Shipbuilding, Prime Contractor delivering the AOPS vessels as a part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). Kongsberg Maritime has over 70 employees in Dartmouth, Vancouver and St. Johns, 190 employees in the UK and approximately 4,600 total across the world.
"Further to our recent CCTV supply for the Halifax-class frigates IPMS upgrade we are delighted to be able to leverage from our proven marine & naval camera technologies to support L-3 MAPPS, Irving Shipbuilding and RCN on the prestigious AOPS Program which is a key milestone in the renewal of Canada's combatant fleet," said David Fleming, Camera Systems Manager for Kongsberg Maritime.
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Watch as the production starts for the first AOPS vessel to Canada
Forming a key part of the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), the CCTV system will provide the crew with real time video surveillance to assist with mission critical operations as well as providing increased safety, security and situational awareness on board the new build AOPS vessels.
Deliverables from Kongsberg Maritime will include a combination of proven harsh environment CCTV cameras and cameras that have been adapted to meet the demands of RCN and the challenging Arctic environment such as an upgraded, High Definition, version of the proven Kongsberg Maritime Helicopter Operations Surveillance System (HOSS), which will assist in monitoring of the take-off and landing operations off the CH-148 Cyclone naval helicopters that the vessels will support.
AOPS is a Government of Canada procurement project for the RCN. The project is expected to equip the Canadian Forces with six 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 is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.
Kongsberg Maritime, together with Irving Shipbuilding and L-3 MAPPS, 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.
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