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iXblue together with its Spanish representative GRAFINTA have signed a contract with GMV to provide critical navigation for all Spanish Army 8x8 VCR Dragón. This contract covers the delivery of over 240 Advans Series inertial navigation systems (INS), namely Ursa U5 and Vega V5, with a first batch due in early 2022.
Based on the well-known GDELS 8x8 Piranha 5 combat wheeled vehicles, the Dragón is a state-of-the-art system, equipped with the most advanced technologies. This program is a major component of the Spanish Army’s plan to gear up in order to ensure future effectiveness. GMV as contractor of the navigation system will integrate iXblue systems with GMV’s technology in GNSS and navigation algorithms.
Ursa U5 is the only cost-effective, north finding and easy to integrate INS for military land vehicles, allowing it to be fitted on an entire fleet. Vega V5, on the other hand, is a higher performance INS designed for both navigation and pointing applications. Both INS are based on iXblue’s renowned Fiber-Optic Gyroscope technology, providing high-performance and resilient navigation everywhere, including in GNSS-denied environments.
“iXblue is honored to have both GMV and the Spanish Army’s trust for such an important program.” says Carlos Lopes, sales manager at iXblue. “Our INS will provide accurate, secure, and resilient navigation and position information to the vehicles”, Mr. Lopes adds.
With the recent selection of iXblue’s Marins Series INS and Netans Data Distribution Units (DDU) to equip the Spanish Armada’s newest F110 frigates, where GMV will integrate iXblue systems in the global frigate navigation system, the company is becoming a key player for navigation solutions in Spain. “We are humbled to be a partner of the Spanish Armed Forces in the resilient navigation domain. These successes are a source of pride for all of our teams and, we hope, the beginning of a fruitful and close cooperation.” concludes Mr. Lopes.