Boeing to provide Honeywell ring laser gyro navigation for Navy F/A-18 combat jets

BY John Keller

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md.—Designers of navigation and guidance avionics at The Boeing Company’s Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis needed ring laser gyros for the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F jet fighter-bombers and the EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft. They found their solution from Honeywell Aerospace in Clearwater, Fla.

Officials of the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are awarding a $10.6 million contract to Boeing. Boeing, in turn, is looking to Honeywell Aerospace to provide 714 Honeywell model GG1320 ring laser gyros for the two models of the Navy F/A-18 fighter-bomber.

The contract award also calls for Boeing and Honeywell to provide 27 GG1320 ring laser gyros as spare parts for the government of Australia.

Boeing is providing ring laser gyros like the one shown above for the Navy’s F/A-18 combat aircraft.

The Honeywell GG1320 digital gyro is a self-contained inertial measurement unit sensor with a three-axis inertial sensor containing three digital gyros and three accelerometers. The assembly weighs less than six pounds, occupies fewer than 90 cubic inches, and consumes less than eight watts of power, Honeywell officials say. Boeing and Honeywell engineers will do the work on this contract in Clearwater, Fla., and St. Louis, and should be finished by April 2013.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Boeing Defense, Space & Security online at, Honeywell Aerospace at, and Naval Air Systems Command at

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