Military Embedded Systems

Navy nuclear-powered submarines getting new Voyage Management System from Northrop Grumman


May 22, 2015

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. U.S. Navy officials gave the green light for the use of Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Voyage Management System (VMS), dubbed version 9.3, onboard Navy SSN and SSGN nuclear powered submarines.

The VMS software package will be deployed on 55 SSNs and four SSGNs operating globally from all U.S. Navy submarine homeports. The installations have already started and are expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Version 9.3, which supports polar operations, has increased rendering speeds, integrates with combat radar and mission planning submarine systems, and enables real-time checking of installed charts.

"VMS 9.3 brings significant performance and usability improvements over earlier versions," says Capt. John D Zimmerman, Program Executive Office, Submarines (PEO SUB), PMS 425. "Submarine Force feedback on VMS 9.3 has been very positive and the boats are excited to have it installed."


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