Five different camera types are used within each system.
Kongsberg Maritime has successfully delivered the first Helicopter Operations
Surveillance System (HOSS) for amphibious ships to the U.S. NAVY as part of an $11,000,000
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) fixed price, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity
contract awarded in December 2008.
The new contract is a follow-on to the original HOSS contracts awarded in 2007
which saw the successful development, qualification and delivery of 13 HOSS for
amphibious ships, with the final system being delivered November 2008. Previous
ship systems included seven Landing Ship Dock (LSD) and six Landing Helicopter Assault
and Dock (LHA/LHD)-class variants.
Included in the new contract are design upgrades to the original system equipment
specifications (second generation), and delivery of numerous amphibious ship systems
for up to five years. To date, four additional ship systems (ships 14-17) have been
awarded and will be delivered from fall 2009 to winter 2010.
The design and implementation of the HOSS programme allows safer missions by
permitting operational leaders more visibility of spaces on the ship and wider,
zoomable views of places the previous legacy camera systems covered.
The second generation Helicopter Operations Surveillance System for amphibious
ships is a highly robust multi-drop, low light-capable TV camera system with telemetry
control via RS485 serial protocol.
Five different camera types are used within each system. The above deck camera
uses high resolution monochrome sensors capable of operating daylight to quarter
moonlight. The below decks camera uses the latest colour camera sensors suited to
low ambient lighting conditions.
The HOSS for amphibious ships went through months of rigorous qualifications
before the first system was successfully accepted and shipped.
NAVAIR Public Release 09-1332
Approved for public release; distribution unlimited