LONDON, September 25 /PRNewswire/ --

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been selected by Novorossiysk Shipping Company (Novoship) to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) for ten new tankers being built in Korea and China.

The newbuilds include four 112,000 deadweight ton (dwt) tankers at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea and six 156,000 dwt tankers at Nantong Rongsheng in China, for delivery in 2008-2009. Each of the ships is being fitted with a complete navigation suite that includes radars, electronic chart display and information system, digital adaptive autopilot, steering controls, gyrocompasses, voyage data recorder, automatic identification system and other associated sensors and systems. All equipment meets or exceeds International Maritime Organization (IMO) performance standards.

"Novoship joins the growing number of shipowners to take advantage of our next-generation VisionMaster FT(TM) technology," said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president, Sperry Marine. "Since their introduction in 2006, the VisionMaster FT products have clearly become the benchmark for marine navigation technology, in terms of system integration and human-machine interface."

Novoship selected Sperry Marine as the single responsible supplier for the ships' navigation and communication systems following a competitive analysis of IBS suppliers. The selection was based on Sperry Marine's extensive experience and expertise, backed by worldwide availability of service and spares, according to a Novoship spokesman. Sperry Marine will provide engineering support for installation, commissioning and sea trials through its offices in Korea and China.

Novoship, a member of the Sovcomflot Group, is one of the largest shipping companies in the world, with a fleet of 52 vessels aggregating 4 million dwt. The current market value of the fleet is around USD $2.9 billion. Novoship's modern tanker fleet has an average age of less than seven years. Novoship has a total of 16 new vessels on order representing 1.5 million dwt.

Sperry Marine, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., and with major engineering and support offices in New Malden, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany, 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.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

For commercial sales inquiries, contact Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine by phone, +1-434-974-2656 or by e-mail, For military sales inquiries, call +1-434-974-2134 or e-mail Visit our Web site at

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Ken Beedle, mobile, +44-7787-174092, or +44-207-747-1910,; or Tom Delaney, +1-410-993-6454,, both of Northrop Grumman Corporation