Canadian company OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has signed of a contract with Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) in support of Project Biro to supply various systems for the three new inshore patrol vessels being acquired by the South African Navy.
Under the terms of the contract, OSI will supply and install its Integrated Navigation & Tactical System (INTS), Tactical Asset Control & Tracking (T-ACT) System, and Integrated Mission Management System, the company announced on 5 June.
T-ACT is a navigation and command, control and communication suite designed for small craft operations, including maritime and boarder security agencies. The system can be used to coordinate the operations of multiple T-ACT fitted ships and smaller assets, in either an overt or covert manner. Combined with a secure data link, communication is enabled beyond-line-of-sight between mother ships and small craft. The technology has been deployed by the UK, Australian and Canadian Navies.
The INTS is a fully scalable integrated bridge system centred around OSI’s electronic chart precise integrated navigation system for warships (ECPINS) and integrates selected radars and navigation sensors.
“We are pleased to be working with Damen and appreciate the opportunity to be part of this important project,” stated Ken Kirkpatrick, OSI President and CEO.
The systems provided by OSI will be integrated with SA Navy-specific sensors and data link, “offering an unparalleled blue-force tactical advantage allowing the Command to build, manage and participate in a Recognised Maritime Picture,” OSI said.
“This has been a successful engagement between government and private enterprise and we are proud to be working with Damen and the South African government,” Kirkpatrick said.
OSI has previously supplied equipment to the SA Navy, including a 2015 contract for its T-ACT system installed on rigid-hull inflatable boats used to support maritime security operations.
OSI Maritime Systems has been providing integrated navigation and tactical solutions to military customers for over 20 years. The company develops and delivers integrated bridge systems for warships, integrated dived navigation systems for submarines, and command and control systems for small craft. OSI currently has around 20 naval customers from around the world with over 500 warships and submarines operating with its integrated navigation and tactical solutions.