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Shipboard Protection Technology

      4/26/2007

Sperry Marine (part of Northrop Grumman) has completed successful demonstration trials of a new, integrated multi-sensor situational awareness, surveillance and response system designed to counter pirate or terrorist attacks. The live demonstrations were conducted earlier this year at the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC) on the waterfront at Newport News. During the trials, the system successfully detected, tracked and intercepted two surface craft under several different high- and low-speed scenarios designed to replicate potential real-world maritime threats.

The ShipSentry system integrates shipboard surveillance systems, including search radars, electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) cameras, spotlights and laser target locators, with the ship’s bridge navigation and electronic charting systems. A target of interest that violates pre-established guard zones is acquired and displayed, along with automatic identification system data, on the watchstander’s screen, integrated with the ship’s installed Electronic Chart Display and Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N) and radars. The system operator can automatically slew the EO/IR and other sensors and effectors to classify, identify and engage the threat. Imagery is also recorded to facilitate training and event analysis.


 

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