Raytheon unit wins Oman Navy contract
Massachussets (US), April 9, 2013
Raytheon Anschuetz, a Germany-based, indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of American defence contractor Raytheon Company, has won a major contract from Royal Navy of Oman for supply of its Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems (IBNS).
As per the contract, Raytheon Anschuetz will equip Oman's new Al-Ofouq-class Offshore Patrol Vessels with a complete, new-generation IBNS.
Proven and deployed on commercial vessels, the IBNS are scalable and adaptable to meet the needs and requirements of military applications for large and small naval platforms, said the company in a statement.
The standardized human machine interface and increased functionality of the multifunctional workstations of the IBNS empower crew to operate from any workplace on the bridge, it stated.
Included in the scope of the program is comprehensive documentation and training for instructors, operators and maintenance support personnel, it added.
In 2012, the Royal Navy of Oman contracted with Singapore Technologies Marine to design and build the four patrol vessels.
The keel laying for the first patrol vessel is planned for 2013 and all four vessels are planned to enter service for the Royal Navy of Oman between 2015 and 2016. The new vessels will replace the old inshore patrol boats.
The new Al-Ofouq-class vessels will undertake various tasks associated with national maritime security missions throughout the exclusive economic zone of Oman. The vessel's length is 75 meters and will feature weapon systems, a flight deck for helicopters or drones, and a maximum speed of 25 knots.-TradeArabia News Service