OSI Gains Contracts in Indian Ocean Region
|The combined display of OSI Maritime Systems and IHS at Pacific 2015.|
(Photo: Mitchell Sutton)
The Australian market is currently proving to be a lucrative one for the firm. According company sources, OSI will soon install its Tactical Asset and Control Tracking (T-ACT) C2 system in the Royal Australian Navy’s new, NAVANTIA-built, LCM-1E landing craft. The T-ACT system allows small-craft and helicopters to view each other’s positions in real time, and for information from multiple sensors to be woven into a single tactical picture for mission coordinators. It is already in service with the Royal Canadian Navy and UK Police.
OSI is also providing additional systems to the two "Canberra" class LHDs, as the first of class (HMAS "Canberra") works up into full operational capacity. The company plans to integrate the Ship Helicopter Operating Limits (SHOL) module into the vessel’s existing ECPINS integrated navigation and tactical system, which it had earlier installed. This upgrade is designed to expedite the takeoff, landing and control of the ADF’s MH-60R and S-70B-2 SEAHWAKs, MRH90 TAIPAN, CH-47 CHINOOK, S-70 BLACKHAWK, and TIGER ARH helicopters from the new platform. According to the company, it is also making a contribution to the tranche of proposed upgrades to the "Collins" class Submarine, through updates to its existing ECPINS Submarine navigation system.
Other countries in the Indian Ocean region have also recently engaged the company in new contracts. In 2013, Malaysia awarded OSI a contract to provide its six future Second Generation Patrol Vessel-Littoral Combat Ships (SGPV-LCS), based on the DCNS Gowind 2500 corvette design, with the Integrated Navigation and Tactical System (INTS) bridge system and ECPINS Warship integrated navigation and tactical system; the latter is outfitted with the Warship Automatic Identification System (W-AIS) module. Installation work is likely to begin in the near future, with production beginning at Boustead Naval Shipyard in June 2015 for an expected 2019 entry into service for the first of class.
Another market which has proven valuable to OSI in 2015 has been South Africa. In February this year, OSI signed a contract with the South African Navy to install its T-ACT system onto rigid hulled semi-inflatables (RHIBs). No indication has yet been given by the company on the status of this project.
By Mitchell Sutton