Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has won orders to supply electronic navigation systems for four new offshore supply vessels to be built in Brazil.

The contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit.

The Sperry Marine navigation package includes radars, autopilot, speed and heading sensors, and other equipment. Vision Marine Ltda, Sperry Marine’s sales and service representative in Brazil, will be responsible for installation, commissioning and servicing the navigation packages on the vessels.

The four platform supply vessels will be built for Companhia Brasileira de Offshore (CBO) at Estaleiro Aliança shipyard near Rio de Janeiro. Rolls-Royce is providing the design and equipment package for the 3,500 deadweight ton vessels, which are scheduled for delivery in 2009 and 2010. They will be placed on long-term charter with the Brazilian state oil company, Petrobras, to transport supplies to offshore oil platforms.

“This is an important contract for Sperry Marine in the rapidly growing Brazilian offshore oil industry,” said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Sperry Marine. “We are very pleased to be teaming with Rolls-Royce and the CBO group to provide state-of-the-art navigation technology for these new platform supply vessels.”

Created in 1978, CBO is part of Fischer Group, a Brazilian conglomerate that operates in several industrial segments and countries. The Aliança shipyard, acquired by CBO in 2004, specializes in construction of support vessels for the offshore oil sector.