CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — French technology design company iXblue Defense Systems was welcomed by two key state leaders Friday morning ahead of its move to Rhode Island: ranking Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, and the state’s commerce secretary, Stefan Pryor.

iXblue will move its current U.S. headquarters from Natick, Mass., to Lincoln, R.I., next spring. Friday, they were celebrating a collaboration with Federal Electronics of Cranston.

The two companies partnered on a precision naval navigation system, the “Marins M5 fiberoptic gyroscope.” It’s the first line of iXblue’s products to be made in the United States. Moving iXblue to Rhode Island will bring more than 20 high-paying jobs to the state. 

“It’s a sign, also, of the growing importance of marine technology both on the surface and sub-surface – particularly sub-surface in Rhode Island,” Sen. Reed said.

iXblue’s products help military ships in navigation and research.