Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine provides a full range of steering control systems to accommodate many types of vessels and yachts. Through modular design many different requirements can easily be met, from pleasure boats to mega-yachts and vessels with multiple rudders. All components of the steering control system are connected via reliable CAN-bus technology.

Steering System Key Benefits:


  • Designed for straightforward and simple operation
  • Modular in design for easy installation and flexible integration with further steering controls
  • High quality components and vane pumps for long life and reliability
  • Built in reliability with CAN bus technology
  • Comfortable operation with take-over or give-over function of steering control positions

The modular concept of configuration for the Total Steering Systems uses standard components configured in almost any required arrangement, such as:

  • Mechanical Rudder Interface - There are various methods of the mechanical rudder interface
  • Manual Hydraulic Steering - This configuration consists of a manually driven hydraulic pump, directly connected to the steering wheel or helm
  • Single Electric-Hydraulic Steering System - This configuration provides electronic control of the hydraulic system, offering accurate control of the rudder(s). Multiple rudders in this case are mechanically coupled and driven by one or two hydraulic cylinders
  • Dual Electric-Hydraulic Steering System - This configuration provides electronic control of the hydraulic system, offering fail-safe operation in case of a single rudder, or fully independent control of multiple rudders without mechanical coupling

With the added benefit of multiple steering positions and autopilots, the advantages of a Hydraulic Steering system are plentiful.

Flexible Architecture

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine’s Total Steering System is a sophisticated steering control system that provides reliability, safety and an outstanding functional range. The advanced steering control system consists of modular system architecture and fulfils individual customer requirements. It can be used for all vessels with single and dual rudders and on vessels with fore and aft bridges or fore and aft workstations.

Easily Integrated with Self-Adaptive Autopilot

The adaptive autopilot reduces rudder activity depending on weather and sea state conditions. Less rudder activity results in less fuel consumption for a more cost-effective solution.

For non-rudder steering gear systems, such as azipods and waterjets, requiring special control signals, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine can supply the adaptive and easy to integrate autopilot NAVIPILOT 4000. 

Customised Console Frames

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine offers customised console frames in different sizes and configurations. These frames are pre-wired, configured and fully tested in order to reduce installation costs and commissioning time. We allow fast, simple and cost efficient installation on board, therefore the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine solutions are perfectly suited for both, newbuilding and retrofit projects.

For more information about Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine’s Total Steering Systems, please contact us.