won the Export Trophy, showcased its GAPS positioning system at Euronaval
2012, iXBlue, specializing in navigation and acoustic systems, showcased
its GAPS USBL (Ultra Short BaseLine) positioning system. The company
was also the recipient of this year's Euronaval Export Trophy.
The trophy was presented by the French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves
Le Drian, during the opening ceremony of Euronaval on Tuesday, October
23 in Le Bourget, Paris. The medium sized company has facilities in
France, North and South America, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy,
Dubai, China, India, Singapore and Australia. It offers global 24/7
service and support to its customers.
at Euronaval 2012
is a Global Solution Provider delivering Inertial, Motion, Subsea Acoustic,
Seabed Mapping and Sub Bottom Profiling Products and Systems together
with Geophysical Services and Shipbuilding. iXBlue was the first company
designing Fiber-Optic based gyroscopes.
The GAPS pre-calibrated positioning system was showcased among other
products on iXBlue' stand during Euronaval,
Submarine navigation and positioning systems have to tackle two fundamental
» The positioning of the submarine
» The supply of accurate data to the weapon system
These two issues lead to strong operational constraints regarding the
discretion, accuracy, and reliability of the navigation system. The
current tendency to carry out operations closer and closer to coast-lines
further exacerbates these problems. iXblue's approach is built upon
perfect mastery of the key technologies involved in submarine navigation
(inertial, acoustic positioning and imagery, navigation data processing).
USBL (Ultra Short BaseLine) positioning system for Submarines
pre calibrated Global Acoustic Positioning System (GAPS) combines USBL,
INS and GPS technologies. The most accurate USBL in its category, it
works in deep or extremely shallow water and difficult environments
where other systems have failed.
» No mobilization/demobilization: fully operational in less than
» Adapted to all applications: shallow and deep water, and noisy
» Easily transferrable from one vessel to another
» Robust to acoustic and GPS hazard