iXBlue to supply gyrocompass systems to Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tide Class Tankers

7 JAN 2014
iXBlue is proud to announce they are to supply QUADRANS fiber-optic gyrocompass systems for installation aboard the four new Tide Class tankers of the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).
The systems to be supplied to Kelvin Hughes Limited will be integrated as a sub-system of the Integrated Bridge Systems for delivery to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea where the vessels are under construction.
The deliveries will comprise twin QUADRANS gyrocompass units, control and display and data distribution units (DDU) plus a comprehensive network of ancillary repeaters from UK-based Marine Data Limited. The QUADRANS will deliver heading, rate-of-turn data for navigation sensors along with vessel motion data to support helicopter operations that represent one activity of the multi-function vessels. iXBlue has worked closely with Kelvin Hughes and Marine Data to design a type approved system meeting the precise requirements of the end user.
David Cunningham, General Manager of iXBlue Ltd said of the order ‘We are delighted to be supplying our gyros for these important vessels and look forward to working with Kelvin Hughes to deliver a first class solution to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’.
The FOG technology within all iXBlue gyros represents the only solid state gyro technology available today. As with other iXBlue gyros the QUADRANS gyrocompass requires zero maintenance bringing distinct advantages in reduced cost and operational impact of support in both naval and critical commercial applications. The compass is type approved for high-speed craft and is available as a stand-alone sensor or as a system with peripheral components tailored to any requirement.
iXBlue’s revolutionary fiber-optic gyro technology is available in a range of inertial navigation and attitude and heading reference systems in service with more than 30 navies aboard a full range of naval platforms.


About Kelvin Hughes Ltd
Kelvin Hughes Surveillance division is a global provider of surveillance and navigations radar systems for land and sea environments. The company is over 250 years old, employs over 350 people, operates 12 offices in eight countries and supplies 30 of the world’s navies. The company has a long tradition of technology firsts, most recently with SharpEye™ solid state radar; leading subsequent applications in multiple markets and through different radar products due to scalable nature of the technology. Kelvin Hughes’ surveillance division provides coherent SharpEye™ and non-coherent radar technologies capable of detecting the smallest of targets and lowest velocities in clutter, meeting the surveillance, safety, and security needs of the world’s navies, coastal and border agencies, and security patrols. Headquartered in London, UK, there are three divisions of Kelvin Hughes: Surveillance Systems, Marine Systems and KH Charts.
About iXBlue

iXBlue is a leading global supplier of innovative products and solutions for navigation, positioning, detection, and imaging. iXBlue civil and military customers have widely deployed systems, operations, and services in challenging sea, land, air and space environments. iXBlue’s technologies include photonics, inertial sensors, underwater acoustics, geophysical imaging, and instrumentation. iXBlue is recognized for its pioneering inventions in "ultimate performance" fiber-optic gyroscopes (FOG), acoustic and sonar signal processing, and inertial-acoustic sensor data fusion, providing high accuracy, unrivalled performance, and unsurpassed reliability. iXBlue also differentiates itself through full value chain expertise and vertical integration, easy-to-use versatile products, professional services, customer care, and long-term partnerships. iXBlue serves customers through sales and support offices around the world, offering 24/7 assistance.



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