iXblue has been selected by Naval Group to supply navigation systems for the four tankers destined for the French fleet, the company announced on 15 September.

PHINS navigation systems and NETANS data distribution and computing systems will be provided for the future logistics support vessels. Their construction falls under the Flotte Logistique (FLOTLOG – Logistics Fleet) programme led by OCCAR, the DGA and its Italian counterpart, NAVARM. The iXblue contract reinforces a long-standing collaboration with Naval Group, iXblue navigation solutions having already been selected for French and export programmes.

The BRFs [fleet replenishment vessels] are an essential strategic component of the naval operations of France and its allies. They will enable the French Navy to operate at sea in theatres of operation far from the mainland or from support bases,” explained Benoît Kerouanton, Head of IXblue's Navigation Division. "Reliable, resilient and high-performance navigational data is therefore essential to the success of the operations of these ships, on which the autonomy of French Navy combat vessels and aircraft depends. Our PHINS navigation systems and our NETANS navigation data distribution and computation systems satisfy this need for reliability and performance perfectly, whatever the environment, including in GNSS-denied situations. It is a source of pride for our company to have been selected by Naval Group and to continue to play a role in France's defence capacity by providing navigation systems to these four new BRFs.”

Based on fibre-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology, iXblue navigation solutions already equip more than 650 surface ships and underwater platforms in 40 national navies and coast guards, including major programmes such as the French Navy's future frigates (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention - FDI), the new ASTUTE-class nuclear attack submarines and the QUEEN ELIZABETH-class aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy, as well as the F123 (BRANDENBURG-class) and F122 (BREMEN-class) frigates of the German Navy.


The four 31,000t Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force (BRF – Fleet Replenishment Vessels) are due for delivery to the French Navy 2022-2029. (Image: Naval Group)

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