Primagraphics wins $500,000 ‘sub’ contract

Primagraphics has been awarded a $500,000 contract by General Dynamics Electric Boat to supply equipment for use on board the US Navy’s fleet of Virginia-class submarines.

Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News are sharing construction of the first four ships of the Virginia-class attack submarine under the terms of a $4.2 billion contract awarded by the US Navy in 1998. The lead ship, Virginia, is scheduled for delivery in 2004.

Engineers at Electric Boat’s Groton, CT facility will integrate Primagraphics’ multi-layer graphics cards – from its VME-based CAT family – into the display systems on board the new submarines.

Although Primagraphics could not supply specific details on which cards will be supplied for use on the submarines, the company did disclose earlier last month which commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment it will be delivering for use on board the US Navy’s CV and CVN-class aircraft carriers and LHA and LHD-class amphibious landing platforms.

In these applications, the company will supply its 2k ‘Tiger’ VME-based 2048 x 2048 pixel graphics display controller (which will be used to generate combined graphics, radar and video displays on the 2k x 2k flat panel displays used on board the ships), in addition to its ‘Virgo’ radar acquisition card and its 2k ‘Vantage’ radar scan-converter.

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