Northrop helps stabilize Raytheon optical targeting systems

Inertial measurement units that help stabilize optical targeting systems is being supplied to Raytheon by Northrop Grumman under a contract that runs through 2018.

By Richard Tomkins

WOODAND HILLS, Calif., April 23 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman reports it is providing its LN-200 Inertial Measurement Unit to Raytheon through 2018 for use on optical targeting systems.

An earlier initial purchase order received for the system from Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business was worth $2 million, the company said, but no figure was provided as to the possible overall value of the long-term contract.


The LN-200 IMU provides camera stabilization on optical targeting systems that conduct long-range surveillance and target acquisition for guided munitions.

"The versatile LN-200 IMU product family includes a variety of configurations to meet diverse customer needs and operating requirements," said Bob Mehltretter, vice president, Navigation and Positioning Systems, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. "This includes operation in a wide range of environments and suitability for the electro-optical and infrared market due to the LN-200's high bandwidth and data rate capability, which are required for stabilization of images with increased standoff distances."

The LN-200 IMU can be used for instrument stabilization, for motion compensation and as a backup navigation sensor. It is made up of three fiber-optic gyros and three silicon micro-electro-mechanical system accelerometers.

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