The German Navy contracted iXblue, a French industrial group known for its inertial navigation and positioning equipment, to supply MARINS M3 and NETANS N3 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 (BAAINBw) has chosen iXblue to replace obsolete inertial navigation systems on board its frigates.
“We were able to analyse and understand our customer's needs, as precisely as possible,” Olivier Cervantes, iXblue's Vice President, Sales and Marketing, told Mönch. “iXblue has the obvious benefit of offering an extended range for each type of product: the MARINS and NETANS range enabled us to adapt our solutions to meet our customer's expectations, based on iXblue's technological building blocks and by selecting the most appropriate system in terms of performance and cost.”
Consisting of the M3, M5 and M7, the MARINS family of inertial navigation systems, based on iXblue's fibre-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology, offers outstanding performance (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, analyse, process, consolidate and transmit all navigation data to external systems (CMS, IPMS, IBS, etc.).
It is for this reason that the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) is opting to pursue its partnership with iXblue. The company’s solutions are used on board vessels of the British, Swedish and German Navies.