Coast Guard Cutters get C4ISR and machinery control systems from Northrop GrummanNews
November 15, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia. Northrop Grumman Corp. engineers will design C4ISR and machinery control systems (MCS) for the U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) under a contract from Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG). As many as 25 OPCs are expected to be built by the Coast Guard to replace its entire fleet of medium endurance cutters.
The OPCs will have increased range and endurance, modernized weapon systems, enhanced electronics, and a larger flight deck which will enable aircraft operations in severe weather. The systems being supplied consist of integrated bridge systems, navigation and combat data distribution systems, command and control consoles, ship-wide computer network systems, machinery control systems, and propulsion control systems
A MCS land-based test facility is part in the design phase as well as a C4ISR test and integration facility, each of which will be located in Charlottesville. Additional work will be performed at company facilities in San Diego, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Northrop Grumman will also perform key C4ISR and MCS integration roles during production testing and shipboard trials to be held in Panama City, Florida.