OSI signs contract to upgrade Royal Navy navigation and helicopter operations software

OSI Maritime Systems of Vancouver will upgrade the Royal Navy’s ECPINS-W Sub license. The contract, announced this week, includes two modules from the OSI ECPINS software suite of capabilities: Ship Helicopter Operating Limits (SHOL), and Officer of the Watch State Board (OOW SB). OSI will also provide engineering modification services.

According to the company, “SHOL assists in the launch and recovery of aircraft supporting ship operations. The module displays the ship’s heading, relative wind speed and direction, and deck landing limitations while simultaneously displaying SHOL patterns. For each aircraft type cleared to the class of vessel, there is preconfigured data that provides SHOL patterns for various weight, operation modes, and time periods.

“OOW SB is a screen layout that records and tracks navigational and operational information. The information is presented in data windows such as navigation, operations, command, weather, boat, helicopter, and communications. OOW SB’s advance updating feature automatically updates displayed information; this is in contrast to the more common manual process.”

OSI, which has been supporting the RN’s fleetwide warship integrated navigation and tactical system since 2004, says the contract confirms its approach to innovation and the navy’s commitment to its technology.

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