AH-1W test firing Roketsan Cirit
September 13, 2011 defpro.com
IMU technology enables smaller, smarter guided weapons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) has received its first production order for the SiIMU02 inertial measurement unit (IMU) from Turkey's Roketsan Missiles Industries Inc. The IMU is used to facilitate precision guidance of Roketsan's new CIRIT 70 mm (2.75 in.) laser guided missile for attack helicopters. The IMUs will be produced at Goodrich's facility in Plymouth, UK.
CIRIT is one of the first missiles in its class to incorporate the SiIMU02 inertial sensing unit package. The production order follows successful customization and qualification of the SiIMU02 package for CIRIT in 2011. At a fraction the size of legacy IMUs, the SiIMU02 package offered the flexibility for adaptation to Roketsan's mechanical and electrical interface needs.
Alan Hull, director of business development for Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems business said, "This order from Roketsan marks the beginning of what we expect to be a successful long-term program, with opportunities for CIRIT sales in Turkey and the export market. The SiIMU02 was originally selected for CIRIT due to its proven capability to meet strict performance criteria. As we enter low-rate initial production, we look forward to supporting Roketsan with dependable technology, products and service."
Proven in operational service, SiIMU02 IMU offers highly accurate motion sensing in an extremely small, lightweight flexible package suitable for a broad range of missiles and rockets. Using the latest micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), SiIMU02 provides precise inertial measurement, yet is one-tenth the size of legacy IMUs. Through this technology Goodrich customers can create smaller, smarter weapons with a significant increase in delivery accuracy.