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QUADRANS Selected by French Navy

17 April 2012

iXBlue has won a contract to supply the French Navy with 35 QUADRANS gyrocompass and attitude reference systems. The navy will take delivery of the units over a three-year period starting later this year. They will replace obsolete navigation aids on a number of smaller ships, notably including the Navy’s first Aviso class vessel (sometimes described as a sloop or corvette), the Commandant Bouan, built in 1984.

Benoit Kerouanton, Product Manager, says, "iXBlue enjoys a very strong relationship with the French Navy, which values our ability to supply class-leading navigation equipment plus the necessary technical support to ensure its perfect integration with other key systems aboard its vessels.”

The QUADRANS units, which are IMO and IMO-HSC certified, are based on iXBlue’s highly regarded fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology and offer a series of advantages. They are fully strap-down units, small and lightweight with low power requirements; they can be quickly set under all conditions to provide accurate data at a rapid rate with precise time stamping; and they are easy to use, highly reliable and maintenance-free during their service life.

It is this combination of performance and practical advantages that has seen more than 30 of the world’s navies select iXBlue FOG technology in recent years.