Kongsberg Maritime delivered the first state-of-the-art Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Helicopter Operations Surveillance System (HOSS) to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Camera hardware and logistical support have been provided to successfully complete the first-in-class system, following the contract award in November 2009.
The JHSV will be capable of transporting troops and their equipment, supporting humanitarian relief efforts, operating in shallow waters and reaching speeds in excess of 35 knots fully loaded.
Austal USA is the prime contractor for the 103-metre high-speed catamaran. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is the platform mission systems engineering agent responsible for the design, integration and test of the ship's electronic systems, including an open architecture computing infrastructure, internal and external communications, electronic navigation, aviation and armament systems.
Installation of the JHSV HOSS system will provide comprehensive flight deck coverage of critical helicopter operations, even in very low light conditions, from the control room compartment. The system has been enhanced for the JHSV configuration by inclusion of a MIL-S-901D shock qualified 19" SXGA liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor. The monitor is suitable for Night Vision Device (NVD) operations in ship compartments directly overlooking the flight deck, by virtue of its NVD optical filter.