The German Navy has selected French iXblue to supply Marins M3 and Netans N3 inertial navigation systems for the upgrade of four F123 Brandenburg-class frigates, and two F122 Bremen-class frigates.
Following the integration of Octans systems into the German Navy's Seehund vessels in 2013, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support has chosen iXblue to replace obsolete inertial navigation systems on board its frigates, the company announced today.
Consisting of the M3, M5 and M7, the Marins family of inertial navigation systems is based on iXblue's fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology. It offers 1 Nm in 12, 24 or 72 hours of navigation and unprecedented reliability to meet the requirements of the world's most demanding navies.
At the core of iXblue's navigation systems, the Netans range, consisting of the N3, N5 and N7, offers extremely precise processing and efficient transmission of on-board data.
The Netans from iXblue makes it possible to acquire, analyze, process, consolidate and transmit all navigation data to external systems (CMS, IPMS, IBS, etc.). It is for this reason that the Bundeswehr is opting to pursue its partnership with iXblue.
Now used on board vessels of the British, Swedish and German navies, iXblue is clearly establishing itself as a major player in inertial navigation in Europe.