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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Aug. 31, 2010 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to supply the bridge navigation systems for two new superyachts under construction by Italian yachtbuilder Perini Navi at its shipyards in Viareggio and La Spezia.
The orders for the integrated bridge systems were awarded to Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit through Telemar Yachting, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine's authorized sales and service representative for the yacht market in Italy. Telemar Yachting is responsible for designing, installing, integrating and commissioning the bridge electronics for the two yachts.
The yachts are the 56-meter aluminum ketch SY Melek, which was launched in July, and a new-design 55-meter steel-hull motoryacht in Perini Navi's Vitruvius Explorer series scheduled for delivery in summer 2011. The motoryacht is being built to American Bureau of Shipping ice-class specifications for operation in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
"The new megayachts are being fitted with VisionMaster FT™ TotalWatch™ multifunction workstations, integrating the electronic charting system, radars, autopilot, heading and speed sensors in an Ethernet navigation network," said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine.
Andy Gifford, managing director of Telemar, said, "The flexibility of the TotalWatch system allows us to select the VisionMaster FT platform for both sailing and motor yachts alike, and with the new widescreen presentation it is even easier to have all the information for the safe navigation of the vessel at your fingertips."
Perini Navi is a world leader in the construction of luxury yachts. SY Melek is the 50th megayacht to emerge from the company's renowned shipyard in Viareggio.
Telemar Yachting (, based in Italy with offices in China and the United States, is a major supplier of navigation and electronic systems for the European megayacht market. It is a division of the Telemar Group, the largest marine electronics supplier in the Mediterranean with worldwide offices and more than 2,000 vessels under contract.
Sperry Marine is a business unit of Northrop Grumman's Naval and Marine Systems Division. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., and with major engineering and support offices in New Malden, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine provides smart navigation and ship control solutions for the international marine industry with customer service and support through offices in 16 countries, sales representatives in 47 countries and authorized service depots in more than 250 locations worldwide.
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