RSL Fiber Systems LLC of Salem, N.J., has been awarded a contract from Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss. to supply the Advanced Lighting System (ALS) for the US Navy's DDG 1000 program. The ALS is a fully integrated system of lighting hardware and control equipment that can monitor and control fiber-optic based, LED, and conventional lighting using the ship's existing communication network. The system, created through the collaboration of RSL Fiber Systems with C3I Inc. of Hampton, N.H., was developed through the guidance of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and a number of US Navy agencies and has been installed in several new ships. The contract includes engineering support services and the supply of remote source lighting systems and related hardware. It is anticipated that the ALS also will be employed on all subsequent ships in the DDG 1000 class. RSL technology uses fiber optics to separate the light emission point from the power and light source by up to several hundred feet. Multiple locations can also be illuminated from a single source, offering advantages over traditional lighting, particularly in rugged and harsh environments.