Northrop Grumman to Supply Polar Ice Breaker Navigation Support for U.S.
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a service contract
for navigation systems and software to support the polar ice breakers
for the U. S. Coast Guard. The $5 million, five-year contract covers
support for two Coast Guardvessels, the Polar Star and the Healy. These
polar ice breakers are used to clear pathways for supply ships and support
research missions. Northrop Grumman has provided comparable support
for the Coast Guard's polar ice breakers since 1999.
Star (WAGB-10) is a United States Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker.
Grumman will supply hardware configuration management, remote technical
support and training classes. The company will also participate in the
maintenance "grooms" performed on the two ice breakers prior
to each polar deployment. This will include tuning integrated bridge
system (IBS) equipment, upgrading autopilots, adjusting tolerances,
improving software and replacing parts as needed for maximum system
(WAGB-20) is a United States Coast Guard research icebreaker
14 years, Northrop Grumman has provided quality long-term navigation
systems and support for the Coast Guard's polar ice breakers,"
said Bill Hannon, vice president of the company's Maritime Systems business
unit. "This new support contract, which covers direct installs,
field testing and personnel training, will allow us to keep ahead of
the navigation and training needs for these critical vessels."
Assembly of the IBS hardware and related equipment will be done in Charlottesville
with installs and field testing done directly on the ships. Work will
begin this month on the Polar Star and in the summer of 2014 on the