Northrop GrummanÂ has wonÂ a potential five-year, $47.8 million contract to build newÂ inertial navigation systems forÂ U.S. Navy ships to replace a system in use for more than 20 years.
The company and service branch will design the Replacement Inertial Navigation SystemÂ to work with the new Navy assured positioning navigation and timing architecture for use in combat settings, Northrop said Tuesday.
“INS-R will be the foundation of the assured position, navigation and timing suite for virtually all Navy ships,” said Todd Leavitt, vice president of maritime systems business unit at Northrop.
The Navy received two offers for the contract that has a base value ofÂ $19,841,177.
Northrop will work to develop aÂ fiber optic gyro sensor and integrate the system into the inertial measuring unit in Charlottesville.
The navigation systemÂ will be built to transmitÂ ship positioning, velocity and altitude data to shipboard sensors, combat systems, guns and missile systems.