Navy names Seasprite system winner

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has awarded a multimillion deal to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to develop a tactical system software for the Navy's 11 new SH-2G(A) Super Seasprite Helicopters.

The software will be completed by 2004, but a spokesperson for CSC said the exact dollar figure of the contract was unavailable due to contractual obligations.

CSC will develop and integrate the avionics software to control the onboard radar, infra-red and electronic warfare systems, as well as the range of maritime weapons the helicopters carry.

The company said more than 60 staff will work on the project, which will also see the integration of flight management and tactical display systems software supplied by Northup Grumman Information Technology.

CSC defence [account] general manager, Grant Dreghorn said: "The aircraft software is being designed to specific RAN operational requirements and will allow the two crew members to achieve a higher level of sensor management, tactical awareness and weapon deployment than has traditionally been possible in helicopters of this size."

CSC already provides training and support systems for the RAN Super Seasprite Helicopter Program, including a full mission - from take off to landing -- flight simulator, trainers for the six-part avionics system, a mission-planning system, mission-debrief system, and software support centre.

The helicopters will operate from the RAN's Anzac class frigates and will be based at HMAS Albatross, near Nowra.

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