CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) has been awarded a contract by Marine Specialised Technology Group to supply the Mission Systems for two state-of-the-art 19.0m high-speed patrol craft for the UK Royal Navy. Both boats will be used to patrol HMNB Gibraltar and British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW).
CGI OpenSea360 is a Maritime Mission System for sub 24m high-speed craft. It offers a scalable, open-architecture solution that integrates platform systems, sensors, navigation and communications. Using multi-function displays, it has a user interface that has been proven to enable full use of the system at speed in significant sea states – supporting the 40 knot operational requirement of the craft.
The solution delivers next generation integrated and secure Operational Technology providing enhanced Situational Awareness. The standards-based open architecture delivers an information centric mission capability that promotes military advantage.
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said: “These new vessels will enable the Royal Navy to maintain the security of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters and protect British, NATO and Allied ships transiting through the region.”
Putting technological advancement at the fore, the vessels enable a step-change for the Gibraltar Squadron providing a larger platform that has improved speed, handling, seakeeping and protection. The Mission System includes an integrated paperless bridge system and a modern communication and surveillance suite. The craft will be replacing HMS PURSUER and HMS DASHER and will be commissioned into the Royal Navy once fully operational in Gibraltar.
Chris Hurley, Project Manager for Marine Specialised Technology, said “The selection of CGI OpenSea360 to integrate and manage mission critical information will deliver a step change in capability to the Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron. CGI OpenSea360 is particularly suited to high speed craft operations and will afford the small Command team unprecedented ability to workshare and manage the craft in increasingly high tempo and complex operations.”
Neil Timms, Senior Vice-President, UK Space, Defence and Intelligence at CGI said: “As the maritime environment becomes increasingly complex and congested it is vital for operators to have the right information in a format they can use in difficult conditions. CGI OpenSea360 will deliver mission critical information for this important Royal Navy programme alongside our partner Marine Specialised Technology (MST). I believe the design and technologies selected by MST will set the standard for fast patrol boat requirements and we look forward to working with them on this and future projects.”
CGI OpenSea360 is used in existing Ministry of Defence fast boat programmes and civilian craft.
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