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December 8, 2021

Polish Navy procures iXblue’s DriX uncrewed surface vehicle

The USV was acquired by the navy’s Hydrographic Office through iXblue’s local partner Thesta.

iXblue has delivered its DriX uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) to the Polish Navy’s Hydrographic Office for survey applications.

DriX is an 8m USV designed to conduct various missions, such as hydrographic surveys.

It is equipped with advanced sensors, including radar, lidar, cameras, and artificial intelligence (AI).

iXblue noted that the USV will further strengthen the Polish Navy’s hydrographic capabilities.

The purchase was carried out through iXblue’s local partner Thesta.

According to the company, the DriX USV analyses its environment, avoids obstacles, and autonomously executes missions.

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The USV’s Launch and Recovery System enables the vehicle to be launched from a vessel or can directly sail from a harbour to autonomously map large ocean areas within a reduced time.

iXblue Ships & Drones Global Business Development Guillaume Eudeline said: “We are honoured by the choice of the Polish Navy to operate our DriX Uncrewed Survey Vessel for survey applications in the wake of other prestigious international hydrographic services and private companies in the world such as the US NOAA.

“Offering outstanding seakeeping and speed capabilities, Our DriX USV will act as a true force-multiplier and will help the Polish Navy acquire high-quality data while optimising their survey productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental footprint.

“We would like to thank them for their trust and are now looking forward to our continued partnership with them.”

In December last year, the French Navy’s oceanographic service Shom tested iXblue’s DriX USV under the ‘Future Hydrographic and Oceanographic Capacity (CHOF)’ programme.

During this testing, two DriX were deployed at the same time in collaborative mode with the hydro-oceanographic ship Beautemps-Beaupré.

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