EPSCO Gets Navy Order For Navigation Plotters

EPSCO, Incorporated of Westwood, Mass., has announced the receipt of an $877,435 follow-on order for the manufacture of its large Integrated Navigation Plotters (INP).

The Model 4436 INP will be used on the U.S. Navy's new YP Class training vessels under construction at Peterson Builders for use at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Automatic tracking of a vessel's course in either latitude/longitude or Loran C time difference is displayed on a 31- by 36-inch flatbed plotting surface. Microprocessor-controlled inputs, including multiple destinations, speed, cross track errors, compass corrections, etc., will be displayed. In its initial form, the YP's plotters will receive their position information from either satellite navigation receivers or Loran C receivers. The new YP Class is just one application for the EPSCO INP. Initial plotter orders have been received recently for the Navy's new Patrol Boat Multi-Mission (PBM) craft. The INP may also be interfaced with multiple sources of navigation and target information including radar, sonar, gyrocompass/ speed log, and the IEEE bus.

EPSCO designs and manufactures microwave components and systems, special test and simulation equipment, and navigation systems for both military and commercial markets.

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