Spanish Navy’s F110 Frigates to get iXBlue Navigation Systems

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Spanish Navy’s F110 Frigates to get iXBlue Navigation Systems
F110 frigate @Navantia

The Spanish Navy’s five F110-class (Bonifaz-class) multi-mission frigates will be equipped with iXblue’s Marins Series Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Netans Navigation Data Distribution & Computation Systems.

The relevant contract between Spain Directorate General for Armament and Material (DGAM) and the company has been signed.

iXblue Marins INS, based on the Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) technology, combined with the Netans data distribution & processing units, will provide the F110 frigates with navigation information, regardless of the environment, including within GNSS denied areas.

Developed by Navantia for the Spanish Navy, the multi-mission frigates and their anti-submarine warfare capabilities will be used for missions such as fleet protection and maritime security and will be deployed to counter conventional and asymmetric threats. The €4.3 billion deal for these warships, set to replace the Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigates, was signed in April 2019.

The first frigate is expected to be deployed in 2026 while the remaining four will be delivered up until 2031.

Spanish Navy’s F110 Frigates to get iXBlue Navigation Systems

F-110 frigates will be fitted with the Aegis combat system integrating a new solid-state S-band radar by Indra. Lockheed Martin and Indra have been collaborating since 2009 to develop a S-band solid state radar for Spain’s F-110 Frigate Program.

Known as the Bonifaz-class, these frigates will feature:

  • A sonar suite by Thales (BlueMaster UMS 4110 and CAPTAS 4 Compact sonars, the TUUM-6 underwater communication system, and the BlueScan digital acoustic system)
  • The SCOMBA combat system by Navantia
  • The S-band variant of Lockheed Martin’s SPY-7 radar
  • Leonardo 127mm 127/64 LW main gun
  • Raytheon’s Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile
  • Rohde & Schwarz external communications systems
  • GMV’ SENDA navigation system
  • Propeller systems by Kongsberg Maritime
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