iXblue has entered a partnership with naval integrator Furuno to provide its solutions for the Finnish Navy’s SQUADRON 2020 Project.

As part of this collaboration, the company will provide its Phins Series Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Netans Data Distribution Units (DDU).

Furuno is providing a complete integrated navigation system for the future multi-role vessels.

The Squadron 2020 project is aimed at replacing seven ageing vessels of the Finnish Navy with four new Pohjanmaa-class multi-role corvettes.

The four corvettes are being developed by Finnish shipyard Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC).

The Pohjanmaa-class multi-role corvettes, alongside the existing Hamina-class missile boats, will form the Finnish Navy’s backbone.

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iXblue sales manager Enzo Aldrovandi said: “We are truly thankful to Furuno, RMC and the Finnish Navy for their trust in iXblue inertial solutions.

“They have demonstrated strong performance in navigation at high latitude.

“Therefore, we look forward to partner with Furuno, a leading naval integrator, to bring those capabilities onboard the future Pohjanmaa-class corvettes of the Finnish Navy.”

INS Phins Series is based on the fibre-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology and its solid-state FOG technology does not require any preventive maintenance.

This implies that the system brings long-term cost-saving benefits for users.

iXblue claimed that it has been continuously engaged in improving accuracy and reliability levels of its systems.

Over 40 navies have so far used the company’s navigation solutions to equip their vessels.

In April, iXblue was contracted to equip the Polish Navy’s Kormoran II-class MCMVs with its inertial navigation systems.