Already a partner of Naval Group and Piriou on various naval programs such as the future defense and intervention frigates (FDI) and multi-mission ships (B2M) of the French Navy, this is the first time that iXblue navigation systems have been selected by shipbuilder Kership.
“Kership’s choice of iXblue solutions for the navigation systems of the three new patrol vessels currently under construction is a source of pride for our group. These ships will join the Drummond-class corvettes (A69 type), Intrepida-class guided-missile patrol boats and MEKO-class Rosales frigate of the Argentine Navy which are already equipped with our technology. This contract is an endorsement of the reliability and performance of our technology, already adopted by more than 40 navies around the world.”
Jean-Marc Binois, iXblue Sales Director
Argentine Navy OPV program
The Argentine Navy OPV program came into effect on February 14th 2019 and is being carried out by Kership, a joint company formed by Piriou and Naval Group. It calls for the construction of three 87-meter OPVs of the “Gowind OPV 90” type and the refurbishment of the OPV L’Adroit as well as training of the crews. The 38-month contract signed with Argentina will see the delivery of the new OPVs between the first quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2022. It represents the first procurement of new vessels by the Argentine Navy in more than 30 years.
About Marins INS
Based on iXblue fiber optic gyroscope technology, the Marins inertial navigation systems offer very high performance and provide highly accurate position, heading, roll, pitch and speed information in any environment, including when GNSS signals are inaccessible or jammed.
About Netans DDU
A central component of the navigation system, the Netans DDU interfaces directly with the ship’s sensors, acquiring, analyzing, correlating and distributing data to all onboard systems. The Netans Series provides robust, consistent and accurate navigation information in the most challenging operating environments, while addressing the cybersecurity challenges faced by the world’s leading navies.