Northrop Grumman Corporation in the UK (NGUK) has been awarded a contract for in-service support of the Astute Class Submarine Platform Management System (PMS) by the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence. Northrop Grumman is the original equipment manufacturer of the state-of-the-art, fully integrated PMS installed on Astute Boats 4 to 7. With this new SDA contract, NGUK will support PMS in-service to deliver and maximize Astute availability for the Royal Navy.
Nick Chaffey, chief executive, Northrop Grumman UK, Europe, and the Middle East said, “We will leverage our proven design and manufacturing expertise to deliver this critical technology for one of the Royal Navy‘s most advanced submarine fleets. Our digital-first approach to delivery will reduce life cycle costs and help the UK maintain its strength beneath the waves.”
The PMS is an integral part of the boat, using technology to control and monitor onboard systems and machines, providing real-time information and diagnostics that are key to operational success.
The NGUK team has been providing interim support on the program since April 2020. With the company’s PMS installed on Type 45 destroyers, Hunt Class minesweepers, and the UK’s next-generation nuclear deterrent, NGUK supports more than 40 Royal Navy platforms and establishments.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company. With 90,000 employees and annual revenue of over $30 billion, it is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers. Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Northrop Grumman is made up of four main business sectors: Aeronautics Systems, Defense Systems, Mission Systems, and Space Systems. Before Northrop Grumman reorganized its divisions on January 1, 2020, the divisions were: Aerospace Systems, Mission Systems, Technology Services, and Innovation Systems.