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Thursday, June 09 2022 - 01:06
iXblue to Provide Critical Navigation Capabilities to Norwegian and German Navies' U212CD Submarines
PARIS, June 8, 2022, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) has selected iXblue to provide enhanced 
navigation capabilities to the newly built U212CD submarines intended for the 
Norwegian and German Navies. Built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), the 
new U212CD will be equipped with iXblue Marins M8 inertial navigation systems 

The 6 U212CD, that will require highly performing systems for increased 
submerged navigation capability, will rely on iXblue Marins M8 INS, interfaced 
with KTA Naval Systems' "ORCCA" Combat Management System.

The Marins Series are the highest-grade inertial navigation systems (INS) 
produced by iXblue. Innovation has been uninterrupted on iXblue's range to 
gradually extend the performances and propose the highest accuracies to the 
Navies and therefore answer their need for their most critical applications. 
Along the accuracy, the technology also combines decisive advantages such as an 
absolute discretion and unmatched reliability over time.

The very concrete benefits of the Marins Series have been recognized over many 
years and have led many leading Naval Forces to opt for iXblue Marins inertial 
navigation systems for their submarine programs, for newly built vessels and 
retrofits. This includes, among others, full fleet of the UK Royal Navy 
submarines and the Swedish Navy A19 and A26.

"The U212CD is a major program for the European naval industry, and we are very 
proud to be on board and supply this new generation of submarines. With the 
Marins Series, TKMS and Kongsberg have not only chosen highly performant 
navigation systems, but they will also benefit from well proven and "off-the 
shelf" systems that will participate to further reducing the risks and costs of 
the overall program," says Enzo Aldrovandi, Regional sales manager for iXblue. 
"We would like to thank them for their renewed trust on this impressive program 
and look forward to our ongoing collaboration with them."

This latest success confirms iXblue leadership in Naval navigation for both 
surface and subsea platforms and strengthens the company's collaboration with 
the German and Norwegian navies. iXblue's Marins INS have indeed already been 
selected for several of their programs such as the F122 (Bremen-class),the F123 
frigates (Brandenburg-class), and Jan Mayen OPVs. More globally, recent 
successes in naval navigation include the newest French FDI, Spanish F110 
multi-mission frigates, United States Navy Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships, 
Finland's four multi-role corvettes (Squadron 2020 project) or the Polish 
Navy's Kormoran II class MCMVs.

About iXblue

iXblue is a global high-tech company specializing in the design and 
manufacturing of advanced marine, photonics and autonomy technologies. The 
group in-house expertise includes innovative systems and solutions devoted to 
inertial navigation, subsea positioning, underwater imaging, as well as 
shipbuilding and test & simulation. iXblue technologies support Civil and 
Defense customers in carrying out their sea, land and space operations with 
maximum safety, efficiency and reliability. Employing a workforce of 750 people 
worldwide, iXblue conducts its business in over 60 countries.

The company's naval successes include major programs such as the Belgian and 
Royal Netherlands Navies MCM Replacement Program, the Polish Navy's Kormoran II 
class MCMVs,  the French Navy's future FDI and future replenishment tankers, 
the Vanguard-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the 
Astute-class nuclear attack submarines and the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft 
carriers of the UK Royal Navy, the Jan-Mayen class vessels of the Norwegian 
Coast Guards, the F122 (Bremen-class) and F123 frigates (Brandenburg-class) of 
the German Navy, Finland's future multi-role corvettes (Squadron 2020), the new 
OPV 87 of the Argentine Navy, the Swedish Navy next generation A26 and 
Gotland-class submarines, and future fleet of high speed CB90, Spain future 
F110-class multi-mission frigates, as well as the United States Navy 
Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) 27, 29 and 31 to name a few. 

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