iXblue has been selected by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) to support the Norwegian and German Navies’ U212CD submarines.

The six newly built U212CD submarines were developed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for the German Navy and the Royal Norwegian Navy.

As part of the latest agreement, iXblue will deploy its Marins M8 inertial navigation systems (INS) onto the U212CD submarines.

iXblue’s Marins M8 INS will fulfil the high-performance system requirements to provide enhanced submerged navigation capabilities to the six U212CD submarines.

In 2019, the submarines were interfaced with KTA Naval Systems’ ORCCA combat management system.

iXblue regional sales manager Enzo Aldrovandi said: “The U212CD is a major programme 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 risks and costs of the overall programme.

“We would like to thank them for their renewed trust on this impressive programme and look forward to our ongoing collaboration with them.”

iXblue has been providing upgrading the Marins Series INS to provide high precision performance to meet the critical application needs of the two navies.

Apart from offering accuracy, the INS is claimed to provide several benefits including discretion and reliability.

iXblue’s Marins Series is also in use with other naval forces including the Swedish Navy’s A19 and A26 and the UK Royal Navy’s (RN) submarines.

The technology is supporting the German Navy’s F122Bremen-class vessels, F123 Brandenburg-class frigates and Jan Mayen offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).