TEWKSBURY, Mass., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new onboard navigation simulator that allows operators to train with the system they will use at sea will be unveiled at the CANSEC 2013 Defense and Security Exposition, May 29-30, in Ottawa, Canada. Raytheon Anschuetz, a German based, indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), developed the embedded, simulation-based training system in partnership with Canadian-based Virtual Marine Technology (VMT) to enhance the realism and effectiveness of training offered to operators of Anschuetz's Integrated Navigation System.
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A flexible solution, the simulator can be carried onboard a ship in harbor or installed on deployed ships, eliminating the need to conduct only shore-based operator training. If needed, the simulator features an upgraded visualization system to provide the realism to support effective, land-based training as well.
"This new functionality, developed with VMT, provides a higher degree of realism than traditional shore-based training – delivering an innovative solution to improve the quality and effectiveness of the training," said Raytheon Anschuetz's Richard Waldron, manager of business development for Canada. "This simulation system project extends our successful technology development partnership with VMT, the benefits of which transfer to current and future customers."
The comprehensive training solution incorporates a complete set of scenarios, environmental conditions, geographic navigation options, and vessel types to simulate a wide range of training exercises and mission objectives. Fully integrated with Raytheon Anschuetz's Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control System, the training system leverages the platform to provide operators effective and efficient real-world training with the actual navigation system.
Ideally suited for small ships and large-deck platforms of commercial and naval fleets, Raytheon Anschuetz's integrated bridge and navigation systems are widely deployed, proven and operational onboard more than 750 commercial and naval vessels around the world.
At CANSEC 2013, Raytheon Anschuetz will demonstrate the Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control System to customers, dignitaries and visitors who attend the exposition -- showcasing the system's extensive features and capabilities. The Synapsis bridge is an ideal candidate system for Canada's upcoming Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships, Joint Support Ships, Canadian Surface Combatants and Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Ships.
Features and Benefits
The Synapsis bridge system features scalable, multifunctional workstations that integrate the radars, electronic chart display and information system, ship control data (conning), as well as various sensors for target detection, heading, position and other navigation data, and the steering control system. The data is distributed consistently through a redundant Ethernet bus and is stored independently at each workstation. System health monitoring of status and performance of all workstations is automatic to further enhance data availability and functionality on the bridge.
The use of standard hardware and an innovative software framework allows the flexible configuration of systems for any ship type or size, from patrol vessels and support ships to corvettes, frigates, destroyers and aircraft carriers. The innovative system architecture also supports the integration of additional applications into the bridge and navigation system to support future mission needs or requirements. These applications could include ice radar or small target tracker displays, command and control systems, military chart systems, platform management or combat management systems.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.
Note to Editors
Raytheon Anschuetz GmbH is a German-based subsidiary of Raytheon Company and a leading integrator of maritime systems, such as bridge and navigation systems, for all kinds of commercial vessels, specialized vessels, mega yachts, and naval ships, or maritime and coastal surveillance systems. More than 30,000 vessels worldwide are equipped with Raytheon Anschuetz navigation systems, backed with a global network of subsidiaries and regional offices, including Shanghai, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, San Diego, and Portsmouth (UK), as well as 200 specialized service stations around the world. For more information, visit www.raytheon-anschuetz.com.
SOURCE Raytheon Company