The NDS is the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) specific Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (W-ECDIS) which replaced the use of paper charts for the navigation of ships. The system improves navigational safety and efficiency of vessel operations and streamlines maritime planning at HQ level.
L3Harris works with the Australian Maritime Command and Control (MC2) Systems Program Office to supply and support NDS for the RAN, with the L3Harris system mandated across the entire RAN fleet of 53 vessels. We also provide and support other bridge navigation systems for the RAN.
The NDS displays electronic charts, navigational information and the ship's position in real time on a visual display monitor and alerts the operators of dangers. It provides a powerful situational awareness and decision making tool on the bridge by combining satellite and other position fixing information with ship's sensors and a sophisticated electronic database of charting and other navigation information, enabling more accurate mission planning. Other navigational equipment and tools can also be overlayed and integrated with the NDS.
L3Harris has provided NDS under the SEA 1430 Phase 2A program since 2004 as the prime contractor and systems integrator, working with OSI, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). We provide a 24/7 Helpdesk accessible to support NDS installations, manage in-service obsolescence issues, hold spares to provide rapid upgrades and fixes and provide engineering and servicing for all systems across the fleet. We also regularly roll out software enhancements across all platforms ensuring effective integration with combat and other naval systems. Our experienced engineers and technicians often support vessels whilst deployed on missions to ensure no down time for the vessal and its crew.